Assessing STEM labor trends to improve science education and workforce development

Reviewing and analyzing workforce demographics, employment trends and industry needs are critical for understanding how best to improve science education curriculum and advance research participation programs. The information gathered serves as a basis for addressing trends that may impact the missions of both government agencies and private industry partners alike.  

To address this need, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) produces studies that tie workforce trends to the impact of research participation programs, track new developments or changes in higher education and analyze critical shifts in the STEM workforce. Our comprehensive workforce trends assessment and recruitment strategies enable us to match highly qualified participants with laboratories and agencies needing research assistance.  

Whether it’s assessing the impacts of workforce development programs, looking at the rate of foreign doctoral students who stay in the United States after graduating, or analyzing enrollees and graduate numbers of specific STEM-related industries, ORISE provides reliable data for ensuring that the nation has the intellectual and human capital necessary for responding to critical science and technology needs. 

ORISE Workforce Reports

Nuclear Engineering Enrollments and Degrees Survey
This annual report outlines the number of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees awarded in nuclear engineering at a sampling of academic programs across the United States. The report also examines nuclear engineering degrees by curriculum and the number of students enrolled in nuclear engineering degree programs at U.S. universities.

Health Physics Enrollments and Degrees Survey
The Health Physics Enrollments and Degrees Survey reports enrollments and degrees information comprising students majoring in health physics or in an option program equivalent to a major. The report includes enrollment information on undergraduate students and graduate students and information by degree level for post-graduation plans.

Stay Rates of Foreign Doctorate Recipients from U.S. Universities
This study estimates the stay rate of foreign nationals who receive doctorates in science and engineering from U.S. universities. Stay rates are estimated using tax records in a way that does not violate individual confidentiality.

2015 Follow-up Study of Department of Homeland Security Scholars and Fellows*
This report documents the findings of a follow-up study of 309 participants in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship and Fellowship Program, measuring outputs and outcomes as of August, 2015. *To request a copy, contact Leigh Ann Pennington.