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IT in Federal Government or Private

By kdrew225 ·
What are the pros and cons of working in the IT feild in the govt vs. private?

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by Leee In reply to IT in Federal Government ...

Government:
- Lower pay (may be way below market)
- Better benefits
- Slower technology adoption*
- Opportunities for experiment*
- Job stability usually*
- Good for 'lifers'

* this may be at the whim of your department and/or whether the current administration sees fit to fund your particular department or cut back in favor of a different one; true of local, state or federal governments and educational institutions

Private:
- Higher pay
- Benefits vary
- Stock options/purchase opportunities
- Longer hours
- Job may not be as stable
- Good for people who'd like the option to change companies from time to time

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