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The SEC is currently seeking qualified applicants for numerous positions. Positions are located in SEC's Washington, DC headquarters and in 11 regional offices in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. Information on these and other positions at the SEC are listed below:
For information about the Securities and Exchange Commission, its mission, its history, its organization and the laws that govern the securities industry, go to The Investor's Advocate.
Staff Attorney Positions Now Filling
We welcome applications from lawyers with more than one year of experience for all offices at the Commission - headquarters and our 11 regional offices - throughout the year. To receive consideration, please click on the links below to learn more about applying directly. Veterans must submit verification of preference with their application. You are encouraged to apply to all divisions and offices of interest to you.
Listed below are links to descriptions of the work done by and application instructions for Divisions and Offices at the SEC's Washington, DC Headquarters that seek experienced attorneys. You should apply directly to each office of interest to you. Hiring decisions are made in each division or office independently. We attempt to acknowledge every inquiry we receive, however, divisions and offices will contact you directly to arrange an interview or to request additional information if they are interested in considering you further.
If you are interested in one or more of our regional offices, submit your application materials to each office directly. Hiring decisions are made in each division or office independently. We attempt to acknowledge every inquiry we receive, however, divisions and offices will contact you directly to arrange an interview or to request additional information if they are interested in considering you further.
The SEC hires many accountants in its headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. and in its regional offices in eleven cities nationwide. Accountants work in various headquarters offices with many employed in the Office of the Chief Accountant, Division of Corporation Finance or Division of Enforcement. SEC Accountants perform a wide variety of work, ranging from examining financial statements in public filings and finding solutions to the most difficult and controversial accounting issues to rule-writing and participating in enforcement investigations. Accountants in the regional offices primarily work on enforcement matters or on issues arising out of the SEC's inspection programs.
Additional Information for Accountants
Securities Compliance Examiners are located in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations at the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in regional offices in eleven cities nationwide. Becoming an examiner is a great way to learn securities compliance and to obtain first hand experience in the securities industry. Examiners have a varied and challenging range of responsibilities from reviewing a mutual fund's portfolio or a broker-dealer's sales activities to reviewing the financials of a multi-million dollar company. Examiners conduct inspections of firms by performing background research and on-site examinations which include interviews with key personnel, tours of the operations and review and analysis of the firm's records and operations. Examiners search for indications that securities laws have been violated or that the firm's compliance procedures and controls are weak.
For entry-level positions, ideal candidates are people with accounting or finance degrees. Specific requirements and application procedures are given in the vacancy announcements below.
If you are interested in becoming a Securities Compliance Examiner, you must apply under one or more of the vacancy announcements below.
Additional Information for Examiners
Additional Information for Economists and Other Experts and Professionals
Additional Information for Industry Professionals
The SEC employs paralegals to work in the legal offices at the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in the regional offices in eleven cities nationwide.
The SEC employs individuals to work in Information Technology within a number of Divisions and Offices in our 11 regional offices nationwide as well as in our Office of Information Technology in our Washington, DC, headquarters. Opportunities in IT include positions that support the SEC infrastructure as well as compliance, examination and enforcement programs involving the organizations regulated by the SEC.
The SEC offers many opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and law students during the summer and throughout the school year.
Additional Information for Students