By 2017, 85% of the federal workforce- nearly 600,000 employees- will be eligible to retire. Yet, not many people have expressed interest in the careers. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) says that's because not enough parents talk to their children about federal jobs.
The group conducted a survey and found only 37% of parents talk to their children about available opportunities with the government, and only 2% of children plan to enter the federal workforce. NTEU says jobs range from military to park rangers, scientists to IT.
"Every occupation you can think of in the private sector exists in the federal sector," said Colleen Kelley, the President of the NTEU.
Kelley says 85% of federal jobs are outside of the Washington D.C. area, including 47,000 in Indiana and 66,000 in Michigan.
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