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There are many advantages to working for both the state and federal government. Both offer many great benefits that are, in many ways, parallel, and make working for the public sector quite a desirable option.

While some of the rules and regulations may very from one state to another, as well as from federal agency to federal agency, the benefits remain the same. This article will cover four main points that will outline the advantages to each, and why they are both considered more secure than some jobs in the private sector.

Medical insurance is one of the biggest concerns facing all U.S. citizens, so much so that some people are making employment decisions based on the coverage a particular company has to offer. In both state and federal government jobs, the insurance plans that are available generally provide comprehensive coverage and multiple plans from which to choose. This includes both single and group coverage, and is usually reasonably priced. This entices many people to work in the public sector, allowing them to seek medical care when needed. Prescription plans are also included.

Some states even offer life insurance plans at low costs. This, too, has become a major concern for many people, especially as they near retirement age.

Another advantage to working for the state or federal government is the leave that employees can accrue. The number of hours received can depend on the amount of time each employee has worked for the public sector, and can carry over from one job to another as long as it is still a part of the particular part of the public sector. This means that state employees who decide to take a federal job will not be able to carry over leave accumulated while working for their respective states. It is, however, possible to carry over leave when changing from one state or federal job to another.

Holiday leave is another advantage of becoming a state or federal employee. As a rule, federal employees are allotted a few more holidays than are state employees, so here is where one of the major differences lies.

One more advantage federal employees can have over those working for the state is the ability to carry over existing benefits when switching to another federal job any where in the country. This is not possible with most state jobs, as rules do very from one state to another, and it is often impossible to carry over insurance and leave.

The retirement plans for both state and federal employees are considered to be among the most outstanding offered in the country. While many private companies offer great retirement plans, and the opportunity to become vested, many people lose these benefits when moving on to another job. Those who work for the public sector have the ability to receive excellent retirement packages, even if they do not choose to match the amount paid into their retirement. Should they decide to begin paying more into the plan, they will be duly compensated.