State Government Jobs in State Capitals

Among the Class of 2002 graduates, somewhat more than 1,300 obtained a job with a state government. Interestingly, only roughly one-third of these jobs are located in state capital cities, suggesting that students interested in state government jobs should not limit their searches to just these cities. The table on the opposite page shows the prevalence of state jobs in state capitals. Not surprisingly, the number of opportunities varies greatly among cities and over time.

  • Among cities that provided 50 or more total jobs to Class of 2002 grads, the percentage of jobs in state government was highest in Tallahassee, Harrisburg, and Trenton.

  • When comparing 1997 and 2002, the number of opportunities has also been relatively constant in cities such as Tallahassee and Harrisburg. This is also true of Sacramento and Olympia.

  • A few cities, such as Denver, Trenton, and Topeka, offered more state government jobs, whether measured as counts of jobs or percentages, to 2002 grads than to 1997 grads.

  • A greater number of cities, however, have seen a decrease between 1997 and 2002. These include Albany, Columbia, Madison, Little Rock, Columbus, and Indianapolis, to name several.

  • A number of states offered few or no state government opportunities in 2002, and even fewer in 2002 than in 1997. Charleston and Boise are notable for offering a reasonable number of jobs, but virtually none in state government in 2002 (and just a few in 1997).

State Government Jobs in State Capitals — Class of 1997 and 2002


2002 1997
Total Jobs Taken State Gov't Jobs % of Jobs in State Gov't Total Jobs Taken State Gov't Jobs % of Jobs in State Gov't
Boston 703 22 3.1% 706 49 6.9%
Atlanta 566 4 0.7 521 14 2.7
Denver 281 30 10.7 223 9 4.0
Columbus 257 25 9.7 250 37 14.8
Austin 237 37 15.6 206 33 16.0
Indianapolis 226 17 7.5 230 27 11.7
Sacramento 203 25 12.3 183 28 15.3
Phoenix 181 5 2.8 237 15 6.3
Salt Lake City 148 5 3.4 116 4 3.4
Hartford 129 7 5.4 140 15 10.7
Jackson 128 6 4.7 93 5 5.4
St. Paul 118 14 11.9 124 16 12.9
Richmond 115 5 4.3 146 11 7.5
Oklahoma City 115 11 9.6 81 9 11.1
Albany 110 21 19.1 133 31 23.3
Raleigh 103 6 5.8 102 6 5.9
Nashville 96 5 5.2 101 9 8.9
Tallahassee 93 29 31.2 79 27 34.2
Honolulu 86 9 10.5 103 11 10.7
Baton Rouge 81 6 7.4 58 6 10.3
Columbia 80 10 12.5 83 20 24.1
Des Moines 72 4 5.6 64 1 1.6
Harrisburg 70 19 27.1 68 22 32.4
Madison 70 8 11.4 79 16 20.3
Montgomery 60 3 5.0 56 8 14.3
Charleston 54 1 1.9 56 5 8.9
Salem 52 5 9.6 37 11
Little Rock 51 4 7.8 94 13 13.8
Trenton 50 11 22.0 51 7 13.7
Lansing 47 9 19.1 60 13 21.7
Lincoln 47 8 17.0 45 7 15.6
Providence 42 4 9.5 74 3 4.1
Jefferson City 42 19 45.2 39 26 66.7
Boise 38 51 6 11.8
Topeka 36 11 30.6 41 7 17.1
Olympia 26 16 61.5 31 18 58.1
Concord 24 3 12.5 30 3 10.0
Annapolis 24 2 8.3 38 9 23.7
Springfield 20 4 20.0 36 18 50.0
Santa Fe 19 6 31.6 14 4 28.6
Frankfort 16 6 37.5 28 18 64.3
Helena 14 1 7.1 13
Montpelier 12 3 25.0 15 6 40.0
Cheyenne 11 1 9.1 17 5 29.4
Bismarck 10 1 10.0 9 2 22.2
Dover 10 1 10.0 7 1 14.3
Carson City 8 1 12.5 12 2 16.7
Pierre 7 7 1 14.3
Juneau 4 3
Augusta 2 1 50.0 8 5 62.5

Source: NALP Employment Report and Salary Survey data for the class year.

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