What is Civil Service?

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Civil service with the City of New York is all about serving your community and your city in your chosen profession. We provide a wealth of career opportunities, a clear path for growth, and great benefits. Over 80% of civil service positions with the City are called “competitive class.” These jobs require you take an exam to qualify. However, if you have a disability and are a possible candidate for a competitive class job, you may not be required to take an exam. You can find out more about exceptions for people with disabilities on our 55-a Program page.



The Types of Jobs We Offer

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As one of the largest local government employers anywhere, we have a wide range of positions available. You may be a good candidate for us if you work in the areas below, which typically require an exam.

We Need People for

Administration & Human Resources

Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs

Constituent Services & Community Programs

Engineering, Architecture & Planning

Finance, Accounting & Procurement


Technology, Data & Innovation

Legal Affairs

Building Operations & Maintenance

Policy, Research & Analysis

Public Safety, Inspections & Enforcement

Social Services

Words to Know

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We have a helpful glossary here that can help clarify the many terms we use.

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