A Great Place to Work

Across Iowa and across the nation, ACT is known as an outstanding employer—committed to the highest standards in employment practices, benefits, and work environment.

  • With about 1,000 full-time employees at our national headquarters in Iowa City, we are one of the largest employers in eastern Iowa.
  • We also have offices and staff across the United States and in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Outstanding Employee Benefits

At ACT, you'll enjoy a wide range of outstanding employee benefits (PDF), including:

  • Medical, hospital, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group life and disability insurance
  • Generous holiday and vacation schedules
  • Retirement program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Moving expenses
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Research library
  • Onsite dining center
  • Free parking
  • Scholarships for employees' children
  • Recreation, social, and athletic activities

What We Do

You may know us best as the company that offers the ACT® test—the college admissions and placement test taken by more than 1.4 million high school graduates every year.

In addition to this well-known program, we provide more than a hundred other assessment, research, information, and program management services for education and workforce development.

We serve people in elementary and secondary schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally.

Why ACT Is a Great Place to Work

Our staff is committed to our corporate mission—helping people achieve education and workplace success.

We're having a positive impact, both here in our own country and around the world.

ACT is a dynamic organization that provides opportunities for individual growth, including on-the-job coaching and mentoring and onsite and offsite training and development.

Our diverse, talented workforce has a wide spectrum of abilities, accomplishments, and interests, and we apply them both at work and in the community.

Exceptional Colleagues

At ACT, your colleagues will be exceptional men and women who have education and experience in testing and measurement, information technology, marketing, publishing, communications, education, writing, editing, finance, and management.

More than 64 percent have bachelor's degrees or higher, nearly 30 percent have master's degrees, and more than 10 percent have doctorates.

More than 60 percent of our staff hold full-time, professional positions.

Responsible Hiring Practices

To maintain a staff with a high level of expertise, knowledge, and dedication, we conduct employment recruiting nationally and sometimes internationally. Our policy is to recruit and hire people with the best combination of education, training, and professional experience needed for the many specialized areas our work requires.

An Emphasis on Diversity

We value diversity in people and ideas. We support the principles of equal opportunity and equal representation.

ACT’s managers actively recruit, hire, train, retain, and promote employees on the basis of their qualifications and without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

ACT is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled.

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