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Work/Life Balance

How can someone earn a good living in a meaningful career while also enjoying family life, outdoor recreation, and other pursuits?  Many State of Utah employees believe they have found the way to achieve a balance between their work and non-work lives.  Following are three aspects of many State jobs that allow State employees to achieve this. 

Overtime Demands

While State employees may be required to work overtime, overtime requirements are not generally an ongoing aspect of State of Utah jobs. Most State employees work a regular Monday through Friday, morning through afternoon schedule, except employees who work in institutional settings and some who work in public-safety related jobs.
Holiday, Vacation, and Sick Leave

State employees who receive benefits also receive pay for time not worked under the State’s holiday, vacation and sick leave policies. 

Holiday Leave: State employees receive holiday leave pay for the following eleven federal and state holidays:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
Washington and Lincoln Day
Memorial Day 
Independence Day 
Pioneer Day 
Labor Day 
Columbus Day 
Veterans’ Day 
Thanksgiving Day 
Christmas Day 
New Year’s Day

If an employee is required to work on a holiday, the employee accrues eight hours of leave to be used on another date.

Vacation Leave: State employees earn vacation leave (we call it annual leave) based on their years of service. New employees will start accruing four hours of annual leave each pay period.   Accrual rate will increase to a max of seven hours per pay period depending on years of service.

The pay period is a two-week period of which there are 26 per year; therefore, a new benefited employee accrues 104 (4 x 26) hours of annual leave per year. While taking annual leave use must be pre-approved by an employee’s supervisor, the employee may be able to use it as soon after it is awarded on the employee’s pay records. 


Sick Leave: In a similar manner as annual leave, all benefited State employees earn 4 hours of sick leave per pay period, which employees can use when they themselves are ill, or to care for an ill spouse, child, or parent who resides in their home. Sick leave may also be used for preventative care, such as dental exams, cancer screenings, physical exams, and well-baby care.

Many full-time State of Utah employees enjoy flexible start and end times; and some State agencies permit their employees to “flex” a day during the week, such as by working four ten-hour shifts and taking Friday’s off. All such flexible work schedule arrangements require supervisory approval.

Professional Growth

The State of Utah is a great place to develop your skill set and grow your career -- while doing work that matters for Utah’s citizens. Whether you plan to spend just a few years with the State of Utah or desire to work until retirement, opportunities for career development and professional growth are plentiful.

Education is Highly Valued

State jobs are complex, challenging and demand a highly competent workforce. On average, the State of Utah workforce is more educated than Utah’s population as a whole, which creates terrific opportunities for employees to learn from one another.

The State of Utah values its highly skilled and highly educated workforce and encourages the ongoing development of its employees. Some State of Utah departments offer tuition assistance and others have internal training programs to facilitate professional development.

Due to its highly-educated and highly-skilled workforce, Utah has frequently been cited as one of the Best Managed States in the nation. Employees are encouraged to use their education and skills to improve the State’s systems, services, and processes. For recent college graduates, the State of Utah has an internship portal where paid and unpaid internships may be listed. Internships are a great way to jump start professional careers.

Employees have Diverse Career Paths Available

Opportunities for rewarding entry-level and advanced jobs and career growth exist in many areas, including: the sciences; engineering; public safety; health care and public health; administration and management; the helping professions; customer service; and natural resource management. Many of these career specialties have related video content accessible through this website in which State employees describe why they enjoy coming to work every day and how they make a difference in the communities they serve.

Employees grow within their chosen career fields through on-the-job learning and formal training. State jobs are often part of larger job families, which permits competent and motivated employees to pursue options within their chosen career areas, such as by moving up to positions involving supervisory or managerial responsibilities, or by becoming more technically proficient in advanced duties and career paths. Promotion from within is common in the majority of State of Utah agencies. The State of Utah has invested extensively in its equipment and technology infrastructure; so in many cases these resources are state of the art, allowing employees to develop valuable skills with contemporary equipment, methods, and applications.

Changes in the State’s Workforce Provide Opportunities

The State of Utah values and encourages diversity within in its work force and continues its efforts to attract, retain, and utilize a diverse and highly qualified work force by providing equal access to hiring, promotion, and training opportunities. It is the policy of the State to adhere to fair employment practices to ensure that hiring, compensation, benefits and other terms or conditions of employment are conducted on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Discrimination based on any of these criteria is unlawful and will not be tolerated. The State of Utah maintains an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan.

You Can Develop your Ability to Lead Others

For employees desiring leadership roles, the State of Utah offers the Utah Certified Public Manager Program, a nationally accredited professional development program focusing on developing management skills, increasing the capacity of public managers to lead people, designing effective work processes, and pursuing self-mastery. Participants apply new skills through practical exercises, team and self-reflection, and practicum projects. The State of Utah also offers a number of short courses on management and leadership development to employees through its Utah Leadership Institute.