Government Finance Career Information

Government Finance Careers
What to Expect:
Professionalism – The field provides superb opportunities for professional development.

Service – The opportunity to help your community and be of service to the citizens of the area served by the organization.

Job Stability – Historically more stable than private sector careers.

Salary and Benefit Package – Competitive pay and benefit package. Salary based on job classification and education level. Health, dental, disability and other insurances are usually provided at a low cost to the employee. Governments typically offer paid vacation time, sick leave, and holidays.

Hours – Typically 40 hours at the entry level with occasional extra hours. Senior positions may require more time.

Finding a Government Finance Job
What you need:
 Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Public Administration or related field.
 Some positions require Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certified Government Finance Certification (CGFO)
 Resume
 List of References

Job Listing Locations:
 Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) at
 Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA) at
 Local newspapers
 Professional publications
 Local governments’ websites
 State of Florida at
 Federal government at

Additional Information:
 Membership in professional associations such as the FGFOA provides networking, website job postings and email job vacancy announcements to members.
 Attendance at association training events, seminars and conferences provides Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and networking opportunities.
Typical Career Path:
 Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Public Administration or related field
 Accountant, Financial Analyst or Budget Analyst
 Accounting Supervisor or Senior Analyst
 Assistant Finance Director
 Finance Director, Budget Director, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Examples of Positions Available:
 Accountant
 Grant Accountant
 Revenue Accountant
 Purchasing
 Budget Analyst
 Financial Analyst
 Treasury Analyst
 Tax Examiner
 Accounting Manager
 Accounts Payable Manager
 Accounts Receivable Manager
 Debt Manager
 Investment Manager
 Payroll Manager
 Assistant Finance Director
 Assistant Budget Director
 Internal Auditor
 State Auditor
 Budget Director
 Finance Director
 Treasurer
 Chief Financial Officer
 And many more

Levels of Government:

 Federal

 State
 Local
 Special Districts
 Schools and Universities

Scholarship Opportunities:

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada, which serves government finance professionals throughout those countries, is pleased to announce the Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship, Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship, Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship and the Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship.

Candidates for these scholarships should have a superior record of academic achievement and/or job performance and show promise of completion of their studies at a high level of performance.  In addition, candidates should have plans to pursue a career in state or local government finance.

All applications must be postmarked no later than February 20, 2015.  The winner will be informed, and the award publicly announced, by April 30, 2015.  The scholarship recipient will be invited to attend the GFOAs annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 31-June 3, 2015.  This includes a complementary annual conference registration, transportation costs to Philadelphia, and hotel accommodations.

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