Federal Career Paths

Types of Promotions

Opportunities for advancement are available. Generally, there are two types of promotions. Merit promotions may be achieved through a competitive process, according to your organization's merit promotion plan. Promotions can also be made non-competitively, generally through career ladder promotions.

  • Career Ladder Promotions - Certain positions are designed to create an opportunity for development from a lower level position to a higher level role without competition. You must still meet certain performance criteria to gain a career ladder promotion.
  • Merit Promotions - Merit promotions are typically made through a system of open competition to ensure the selection of the best qualified candidates. To be eligible for a merit promotion, you must meet the qualification requirements for the position. There may also be requirements for time fulfilled within a specific pay grade.

Your Federal Career

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) employees make a real difference in one of the nation's most important economic sectors. Bank examination staff members play a critical role in
•ensuring the safety and soundness of America's national banking system;
•providing fair access and equal treatment to financial services; and
•establishing and maintaining a flexible regulatory framework that allows America's banks to be competitive.

The OCC hires high-caliber, self-motivated professionals to support the agency’s core mission, bank supervision. Recently, the OCC was again selected as one of the best places to work in the federal government. The agency was particularly well rated for strategic management, training and development, and support for diversity.

To learn more about our federal careers visit our website.


Training and Learning opportunities

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) encourages all employees to develop continuously throughout their career. The agency offers a variety of career planning resources, as well as formal and informal training opportunities.

To learn more about our training and learning opportunities, click here.