Government jobs are going to suffer huge vacancies in light of an aging workforce that inhabits its senior leadership. The next generation must step up. It’s estimated that a large portion of government workers are set to retire within the next ten years.

Baby boomers are exiting the building, Generation X will take senior leadership and the millennial’s will become the management. This could be true for virtually every government agency. A generational shift is approaching and many businesses and agencies might transform in the process. It’s an interesting time. It’s also a good time to consider getting higher education under your belt and joining an agency as a civilian. It’s a pretty comfortable gig.

In most national security agencies the true wild cards have been the contractors. There’s a great many of contractors doing the same work as their civilian counterparts in intelligence and defense. But, government civilian jobs are difficult to get. Education, past performance, and references count for quite a bit in the government world. It’s a great way to validate your experience. It’s also a great job that allows you to contribute and collect a solid and decent paycheck.

Moving along in the “GS” or general schedule world is also a route to power, if that interests you. When you become a GS-15 you’ll have pull. The military isn’t sure how to deal with civilians and your days of being terrified of Generals will be a thing of the past. That’s because many civilians are specialists, SMEs (Subject Matter Experts), or doing something that’s critical; at least in national security, anyway. It’s interesting but you’ll be granted far more responsibility as a GS civilian than most of your career as an enlisted man. But, you might have to go to school.