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Federal workforce is thin on millennials, but study shows how that could change


Mary Beth Gerhardt feels strongly connected to her mission to protect life and property as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. Feeling that connection, she says, was a prerequisite for her decision to take the job.

Among her fellow millennials, Gerhardt is not alone, according to Deloitte University Press research. In a report published this month, the firm challenges the notion that the youngest generation of workers is not as interested in joining the federal workforce as older Americans.

The study shows that many millennials are finding that government jobs offer the meaning they want.

Gerhardt, 32, uses her advanced math and science skills to develop...