Invest in Your Career at the SEC
March 5, 2019
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires the expertise and hard work of a diverse team of professionals to maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets. Positions are located at our Washington, DC, headquarters and at our 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.
Our positions support and partner with all Divisions and Offices throughout the agency. Applicants must be U.S. citizens upon applying. Please see the list below for an overview of each Division or Office:
- Division of Corporation Finance
- Division of Enforcement
- Division of Examinations
- Division of Investment Management
- Division of Trading and Markets
- Office of the Chief Accountant
- Office of the General Counsel
- Office of International Affairs
To review and apply to any of our current listings, please visit our USAJOBS page.
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 and/or on issues arising out of the SEC's inspection programs.
The SEC welcomes applications from attorneys with more than one year of experience for all offices at the Commission—SEC headquarters and our 11 regional offices—throughout the year. To receive consideration outside of our normal vacancy announcements, please apply to the specific SEC Division or Office of interest. Veterans must submit verification of preference with their application. You are encouraged to apply to all Divisions and Offices of interest to you. If you are interested in one or more of our regional offices, submit your application materials to each office directly.
SEC Economists are responsible for using economic methods to solve problems across the entire range of agency activities, including policy-making, rule-making, enforcement, examination, and other matters. SEC Economists identify and analyze issues, trends, and innovations in the marketplace; develop analytical approaches, methods, and models to uncover potential securities law violations; work with outside experts in academia and industry to strengthen the SEC's foundation of market knowledge; manage and analyze public and private data to support relevant initiatives and projects; and conduct research suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Securities Compliance Examiners are located in the Division of Examinations at the SEC headquarters in Washington, DC, and in our 11 regional offices. Becoming an examiner is a great way to learn securities compliance and to obtain firsthand 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 multimillion 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.
SEC Industry Specialists
The SEC is seeking highly qualified industry professionals to serve in several Divisions and Offices. Areas of expertise sought include risk management, valuation, options, clearing agencies, derivatives, information security technology, asset management, structured and new products, municipal securities, public pensions, foreign corrupt practices, market abuse, and much more. These opportunities are available at our Washington, DC, headquarters as well as at a number of our regional offices.
Additional opportunities for industry professionals exist in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. For more information, please see Career Opportunities in DERA.
SEC IT Specialists
The SEC employs individuals to work in Information Technology within a number of Divisions and Offices and in our 11 regional offices nationwide, as well as in the 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.