Head up a state government.
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~ $165,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Governors do?

The United States is kind of like a quilt. Although it’s one blanket, it’s actually a series of squares that have been stitched together into a single piece. In the US, there are 50 quilt squares—states—each of which has its own government. A Governor is the head of one of them.

As a Governor, you’re an elected official who serves as the leader of state government. Although terms and term limits vary by state, you’re typically in office for a period of four to eight years, during which time you perform a number of political and ceremonial duties granted to you by your state’s constitution.

Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, your duties as a Governor typically include creating and controlling budgets, and setting political agendas and policy priorities. You also use the “bully pulpit” to advocate for legislation, and sign and/or veto bills. In addition, you appoint officials to government posts, pardon state prisoners, and deploy the state’s military in times of crisis.

Your state’s official Spokesperson, you’re also in charge of representing your constituents to other states and countries, and persuading businesses and industries to relocate to your state. Additionally, you’re responsible for speaking to the media about state issues and affairs, and addressing the public about your administration’s actions and priorities in an annual “State of the State” address.

One in a million—or rather, one in 50—you’re a political mover and shaker. And because many Governors go on to higher office (several have even become President Of The United States), there’s a good chance you’re just getting started!

Should I be a Governor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Lieutenant Governor

    How to become a Governor

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