The Federal Job Classification System: Get it Right and Know Your Place

August 2, 2007 – 4:49 pm

Did you know that the Federal job system is based on classification?  If you don’t understand the Federal job classification system, you may not know your place when applying for a coveted government position.There are currently 410 blue collar jobs and 442 white collar occupations listed in the Occupations of Federal White-Collar and Blue-Collar Workers report issued by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).   In the federal system, each job title gets identified by its own job series number.  Additionally, each job is listed in a designated occupational group.White collar jobs are usually found in management, administration, science and professional fields while blue collar jobs are usually for general labor and trades.  Overall, there are 22 white collar groups and 36 blue collar groups of jobs.  For example, GS-300 is the occupational group for general administrative, office and clerical services and the job series GS-303 specifically refers to the job title clerk and assistants.If the federal classification and resume requirements seem overwhelming, don’t let it deter you from applying for a well-compensated, secure federal job.  Hire a professional resume writer to make the most of your skills and submit an application on your behalf intelligently and correctly.  Having a professional resume writer handle your federal job application may mean the difference between getting that desirable federal position in a competitive job market or not even getting a telephone call about the job.

  1. 4 Responses to “The Federal Job Classification System: Get it Right and Know Your Place”

  2. Question:
    Under Title 38, when applying for the position of a Registered Nurse with the Veterans Administration, is a veteran with a Purple Heart and 20% disability given preference over other RN’s with similar or equal qualifications and work history?

    W Brantley, RN, BSN, CWOCN

    By William Brantley on Aug 9, 2007

  3. According to the OPM, the answer is YES, and the OPM website has lots of useful information.

    Uses this link to find more detailed information on this topic;

    Full Details can be found in:

    TITLE 38 > PART III > CHAPTER 42 >
    4214. Employment within the Federal Government

    By federal guru on Aug 9, 2007

  4. Could you please help me get the definition & requirements for CL-23, CL-24 & CL-25, the classification system used for bankruptcy court jobs? Thank you.

    By Eileen Basbas on Sep 24, 2008

  5. By Federal job classification, do you mean the information listed in the General Schedule?

    By Custom Socks on May 14, 2009

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