I have dozen of friends who work as public employees on state IT jobs, — programmers, DBA, system admin, analyst, etc. They tell me the same thing: State jobs are easy, light work load, flexible schedule, and most important, their jobs are protected by the union, — the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is one of the strongest, toughest unions in the whole world.
A great benefit of state job is the defined benefit (DB) pension plan, that’s rare nowadays. You may have heard in news that many corporate pension plans have been converted to defined contribution (DC) plan, not good. However, even the DB pension in public sectors may not stay forever. CalPear, the California state’s DB pension plan may not be available for new state employees after 2008. If you want the take the last chance to get into the last a few DB pension plans in human history, then go ahead to get a state job.
Working for the public sector, you don’t get big, fat bonus, but base salary is not bad, and you get about 5% increase guaranteed. Since there is not much to do often on the job, many people find that the work time is well used for their own business to get second income, very sweet.
If you are a mid-aged IT pro, tired of working hard, want to have more time with family, like to have a secured income, consider starting a business, then a state job is perfect for you.
The following are the links of state government job website for all 50 states: