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More than 60 percent of millennials working for the federal government are satisfied with their jobs and would recommend their organization as a good place to work, according to a survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Some 336,000 people under the age of 33 work for the government, accounting for 16 percent of the workforce. But their numbers are expected to grow as more of them enter public service and older employees exit, according to the 2014 Federal Employment Viewpoint Survey - the first report on millennials in the federal workplace.
Millennial employees “strongly believe the work they do is important, who believe they are given real opportunities to improve their skills, and who are satisfied with their jobs,” but they also see room for improvement, the survey found.
“They would like greater ability to employ creativity and innovation in the work that they do, and they say they would like more opportunities to develop and progress in their careers,” the survey said.
Thirty-four percent of federal millennial workers said they were satisfied with the opportunities they have for career advancement, while only 33 percent said creativity and innovation were rewarded in their organizations.
The media annual salary for millennials is $54,570 and the top 10 occupations for them include forestry, border patrol and air traffic control. 80 percent of the group work outside DC.
The survey comes as the government prepares for the potential departure of more than 43 percent of its employees who are eligible to retire in the next five years.