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 increases to highest level since 2016

The number of nuclear engineering degrees awarded in 2019 were at the highest level since 2016 according to a study conducted by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Higher numbers primarily driven by rise in number of nuclear engineering masters’ degrees.

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