Millenials Seek Public Service Jobs


After her commitment with the Peace Corps is fulfilled, Egan hopes that her volunteer work as a public servant will lead to acceptance to medical school at the NYU Langone Medical Center.

And like many millennials, Egan wants to continue a career in public service after medical school.

"My dream is to end up working at a hospital in places like Europe and several third-world countries," she said.

By 2016, employment opportunities may be looking up for young college graduates as an estimated 60 percent of the public sector's current workforce will be eligible for retirement, opening up a number of jobs at the federal, state, and municipal levels, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

According to the 2009 edition of Where the Jobs Are, federal agencies will be hiring more than 270,000 employees by September 2012. Federal hiring will be concentrated in five fields: medical and public health, security and protection, compliance and enforcement, legal, and program management.

But then, despite the millennial generation's commitment to public service, DeFreitas said he fears we will see an exodus from the public sector to the private.

"People may find it easier to pay off debts with a job that pays twice the salary in the private sector, leaving the public sector at a loss of a lot of good people."

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