As a growing number of our nation’s current scientific minds edge closer to retirement, workforce studies and labor trends show a critical need to replace these workers with those who are able to compete in the global science, technical and research fields. To address these needs, ORAU has long partnered with government agencies and private industry to connect the best and most diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and professionals with world-class fellowships, internships and jobs in national laboratories, research institutions, federal government offices and private sector R&D departments.
Research partnerships exist in the areas of STEM workforce assessment and labor trends. Our experts conduct evaluations of programs, including longitudinal studies, to assess the long-term impact of these programs to validate workforce development investment. ORAU’s economists, evaluators, and education specialists analyze many factors influencing labor trends, including employment rates and forecasts, participation of women and other minority groups, stay rates attributed to foreign program participants, competitive salary ranges, and the rate of degree production.