What does a career in government financial management look like? 

While you're considering a career in government financial management, AGA is here to support you! Membership in AGA gives you access to practical resources to develop your skills, expand your knowledge and utilize your studies. As a student, you can build connections to assist you with finding that first job (and with subsequent jobs as well). Remember to check out what each AGA chapter offers — some offer scholarships, special board positions for students and additional opportunities to develop your leadership skills.

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Careers in government financial management

Government, be it state, local, tribal or federal, is always hiring! There are 90,000 governmental units to choose from.

It's all about the mission — serving citizens. Governments' problems are fascinating and complex. You can make a difference!

What do government financial managers do?
  • Implement cash management strategies for federal, state and local governments
  • Direct investment activities and develop cost benefit analyses for new projects
  • Advise program managers regarding impact of financial plans
  • Manage and/or oversee funds for mission-focused programs
  • Correct and resolve improper payments
  • Oversee the preparation of financial reports
  • And most importantly — serve the public
Why does government financial management provide a great career?
  • Challenging, rewarding and fulfilling work
    • Solve problems that get reported in the press
    • Positive impact on important programs
  • Excellent benefits
  • Job availability and demand
  • Career progression
  • Job security
  • Competitive salaries
Typical government financial management titles
  • Controller
  • Budget analyst
  • Cash manager
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • Performance manager
  • Chief finance officer
  • Accountant
  • Credit manager
  • Grants manager


Examples of government employers
Local State Federal
  • Cities
  • Comptroller’s office
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Counties
  • Auditor’s office
  • Department of Defense
  • School districts
  • Universities
  • Department of the Interior
  • Public works
  • Finance departments
  • Department of State
  • Boards of education
  • Authorities
  • Department of Transportation
  • Finance departments


  • Department of the Treasury
  • Special districts


  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Hospitals


  • Government Accountability Office



  • and more!