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Where the Workers Are: Classrooms and Jail Cells

Higher education leads the pack of full-time civilian, federal, state and local government workers, followed by the prison system. Of the 1.5 million higher education employees, 4,98,835 provide instruction. Elementary and secondary education ranked 16 out of 32 top government fields.

 The top five government fields for employment and the amount spent on payroll in March 2005 are noted below:

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