UN occupational groups: A primer

A member of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti helps assemble a bridge to improve access to Boucan Carre, a small village 60 kilometers north of Port-au-Prince. Photo by: Marco Dormino / U.N.

Whether you have a background in engineering, law or administration, the United Nations may be a good fit. That’s because the organization’s workforce reflects the multifaceted nature of its mandate.

Most U.N. employees are classified as professional or general service staff. They are further differentiated by area of activity, or occupational group.

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  • Ingrid Ahlgren

    Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for Vault.com from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.