Workforce Studies

Labor trends reports help advance STEM workforce development programs

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 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. 

Learn more about our trends reports in the following subject matter areas:

Nuclear power plant

ORISE report shows overall number of nuclear engineering degrees decreases to lowest level in more than a decade

The overall number of nuclear engineering degrees awarded in 2021 and 2022 were at their lowest levels in more than a decade. However, the number of doctoral degrees awarded in 2022 was at the highest level recorded since 1966. This is according to a study conducted by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education that surveyed 34 U.S. universities with nuclear engineering programs.

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