Work at the FTC

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government 2020 - The FTC Ranked #2 out of 25 mid-size agencies

Work at the FTC

The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. In broad sectors of the economy, we are the only federal agency with jurisdiction over both consumer protection and competition.

We pursue vigorous and effective law enforcement. We share our expertise with other federal and state agencies and legislatures, develop policy, and create research tools. We create practical and engaging plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses to help them navigate a global marketplace full of ever-changing technology.

We provide unique opportunities

At the FTC, we cultivate innovation and excellence in all of our employees. There are numerous possibilities for professional development.

  • Our attorneys litigate their own cases and typically lead cases sooner than they would at a private firm.
  • Our economists are encouraged to pursue scholarly research.
  • Our investigators use an array of investigative tools and data collection methods to gather the evidence at the heart of our cases.
  • Our Honors Paralegals work in Washington, D.C. on a wide variety of projects while exploring their interest in future careers in law, business, or public service.
  • The FTC also hires professionals who work in a variety of mission support areas, including: legal counsel and public policy; Congressional relations; public relations; consumer and business education; building services; information technology; financial management; records management; and human capital management. All of our employees have the opportunity to make substantial contributions to the agency’s critical work of protecting consumers in an ever-changing marketplace.

You also can further your career as an economic research analyst, paralegal, or intern. Please check the application page for instructions.

If you are interested in a career with us, you may want to learn about the different bureaus and offices within the FTC.

  • The Bureau of Competition ensures that our markets are open and free.
  • The Bureau of Consumer Protection prevents fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices.
  • The Bureau of Economics provides scientifically sound, data-driven analysis that informs antitrust, consumer protection, and business regulation policy.
  • The Regional Offices further both the agency’s competition and consumer protection missions through a combination of enforcement and outreach.

Learn more about the mission of the FTC and our many additional supporting offices.

Join a Best Place to Work in Government

Join a winning team that is a dynamic and mission-driven agency consistently listed as one of the best places to work in the federal government. The agency has been in the top five best places to work in the government since 2012. The full 2020 rankings are published by the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

This year, the FTC is ranked number two among 25 mid-size federal government agencies by the non-profit, non-partisan Partnership for Public Service, based on the results of the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The FTC also ranks #1 in several Best Places to Work categories, to include effective leadership, effective leadership: empowerment, effective leadership: senior leaders, employee skills-mission match, teamwork, innovation, recognition, COVID: overall, COVID: supportive leaders, and COVID: employee well-being.

In an email to employees, FTC Chair Lina M. Khan wrote: “Although the workplace changed dramatically this year, your responses to the FEVS demonstrate that the FTC has strong foundations. The FTC's traditionally high scores are based on things like innovation and creativity—ingredients essential to reinventing how we work. The FTC’s track record of outstanding employee engagement also took on new meaning as you pushed forward on serving the public despite significant challenges and disruptions in your own lives.”

The FEVS is an annual survey administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The tool evaluates federal agencies on the presence of the specific conditions that are found in many successful organizations. This is an opportunity for our employees to candidly share their perceptions about their work experiences, organizations, and leaders.

The FTC values employees’ input and uses this confidential feedback to create positive changes throughout the organization. These changes may include but are not limited to formulating and implementing action plans to address organizational areas of improvement and launching new or enhanced programs.

The 2020 FEVS was administered at the FTC starting September 16, 2020 and closed on October 20, 2020 in accordance with the federal requirement to complete an annual employee survey. To learn more about FTC’s 2020 FEVS results, please review the Results At-A-Glance: 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results.

Listen to our Executive Director David Robbins speak about what the FTC does to build and maintain strong employee engagement on the Gov Innovator podcast.