November, 1 2022


Applicants Can Apply for the PCO Online Exam From November 1 Through November 30; Online Exam Must be Completed by December 15

New PCO Virtual Career Fair Will be Held on November 9 to Highlight Jobs Available Across State Government – Register to Attend Here!

Computers Available for New Yorkers Who Need Them to Attend the Career Fair or Take the Online Exam at Designated Career Centers and Educational Opportunity Centers Across the State

The New York State Department of Civil Service today announced that beginning today, individuals interested in a career in New York State public service can apply and complete the Professional Career Opportunities (PCO) exam, a civil service exam used to fill more than 150 professional entry-level titles across New York State agencies. This exam, which is being offered online for the first time, is the largest exam administered by the Department of Civil Service. Qualified candidates who have a Bachelor’s degree or will have a Bachelor’s degree by June 30, 2023, can apply for the exam online until 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. All candidates who apply MUST complete the online exam until 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, December 15, 2022.

"The Professional Career Opportunities Exam provides jobseekers, including soon-to-be college graduates, with the unique opportunity to gain access to a number of rewarding and meaningful careers with New York State," said Department of Civil Service Commissioner Timothy R. Hogues, "The Department of Civil Service is pleased to be hosting this large exam online for the first time, making it easier than ever for all New Yorkers to take this exam from the comfort of their own homes or in centers located throughout the State for those who need access to computers. Working for New York State not only offers the chance to serve the greater public, but also provides the opportunity to work with dedicated public servants, in addition to the great health benefits and compensation packages. I encourage all interested candidates to apply for this exam and learn more about joining New York’s diverse and dedicated workforce."

To be eligible to take the PCO exam, candidates must first meet the minimum qualifications for the exam, which requires a Bachelor’s degree by June 30, 2023. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications must apply for the exam by November 30, 2022, then access the online exam and submit all examination materials by December 15, 2022. The online exam will require candidates to provide information about their training and experience with an online questionnaire that is completed and submitted by the candidate. Candidates should be prepared to provide detailed information on their education, work experience, dates of employment, and supervisor contact information to answer the questions completely.

To highlight the many career opportunities currently available across State government, all jobseekers are invited to attend the New York State PCO Jobs Virtual Career Fair being held on Wednesday, November 9 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The job fair will feature a variety of State agencies with a special focus on the many job titles filled by the PCO exam. The career fair will also include informational sessions to help jobseekers begin their New York State careers with helpful information. To register and learn more, click here.(External Link)

Candidates who need computer access to attend the virtual career fair or to access the online exam may visit a New York State Department of Labor Career Center and should first fill out this simple form(External Link) to ensure computer availability. Candidates may also visit a SUNY Educational Opportunity Center for computer access.

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, "Governor Hochul continues to advance efforts to guide New Yorkers into family-sustaining careers that they will love. Civil Service exams open doors to so many amazing career possibilities. I encourage qualified New Yorkers to sign up today to begin their career journey in New York State service.""

SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, "This exam is the next step for our SUNY graduates and soon-to-be graduating seniors to be eligible for hundreds of New York State jobs. For those interested in a career in public service, and the chance to help solve for the needs of our communities, this is the time to apply. Our thanks to our partners within the Department of Civil Service for making the exam more accessible than ever so that more New Yorkers can avail themselves of this opportunity."

TAs part of the launch of the PCO exam, New York State has launched a statewide social media campaign, which will include videos and web content to help attract candidates to apply for the exam. Campaign content and additional information and resources to help candidates complete the exam is available at

The PCO exam is one civil service exam that is used by State agencies to fill more than 150 different entry-level professional job types across a wide range of discipline, including health and human services, environmental conservation, human resources, administrative analysis, and transportation. The majority of positions filled through this exam require two-year traineeships during which individuals gain the necessary knowledge and experience to perform the full responsibilities of the position.

Governor Hochul’s ongoing, multi-pronged approach continues to help connect New Yorkers to new career opportunities statewide. Job seekers are encouraged to visit the New York State Job Bank(External Link), an online resource maintained by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) featuring 250,000 available positions across the state. NYSDOL also has several resources on its website(External Link) to help job seekers with resumes(External Link), interview tips(External Link), training opportunities including apprenticeships(External Link), and much more.

To learn more about working for the State of New York and how to take the next step in pursuing a rewarding career in public service, please visit the Department of Civil Service website and follow the Department on Facebook(External Link), Twitter(External Link), and LinkedIn(External Link).