The Young Generation Has Spoken: 2012 NA-YGN Career Report Issued
17 May, 2012
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In early 2012, the North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) polled young professionals in the nuclear industry from all over the United States and Canada. The focus of this year’s survey was on issues that affect the careers of young professionals. Job satisfaction and factors that affect satisfaction and career growth are hot topics for young professionals in the nuclear industry, employers, students, and potential new hires. This survey builds on topics and issues that have been studied by NA‐YGN since the organization’s first major survey in 2004. The survey report was issued on May 14, 2012 and it contains detailed salary results, job satisfaction results, and insightful cross-analysis, among other things.
Analysis of the collected data provided new insights and confirmed existing conclusions about the young generation in the nuclear industry. In general, nuclear careers offer advancement opportunities as well as respectable salaries. 85% of respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with their current job, and two‐thirds of respondents are not looking for a job change at this time. The top factors providing job satisfaction are advancement and growth opportunities, salary growth, and work‐life balance. The top reasons people are looking for new jobs are lack of advancement and growth opportunities, slow salary growth, and lack of challenging work. It is important to note the correlation between advancement opportunities and salary in the young generation’s job satisfaction and lack of job satisfaction. It is also important to note that while work‐life balance is very important to the young generation, the majority of survey respondents reported that they are not eligible for flexible arrangements or alternate work hours. The survey examined the motivation of young professionals to work in the nuclear industry after the incidents at Fukushima. Three quarters of survey respondents indicated that Fukushima did not change in their motivation to work in nuclear science and technology, and most of the remaining quarter indicated that they were more motivated to work in the industry following the event. Questions about NA-YGN were examined and the report found a correlation between those satisfied with NA‐YGN and those satisfied with their jobs, which indicates that NA‐YGN is succeeding in its goal of increasing retention of young generation employees. The full text of the survey contains many additional insights and conclusions, available for your reading pleasure here.
In summary, members of NA‐YGN have a passion for nuclear science and technology and are actively engaged in their careers. An overwhelming majority of young professionals are satisfied with their jobs, their companies, and with NA‐YGN. Based on the results of this survey, is it clear that the young generation is actively preparing to become the industry’s future leaders.