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Labor Trends & Workforce Studies

ORAU data analysts study employment trends and report on America's scientific workforce

Careful data analysis helps us identify long-term labor trends. This analysis can help us determine, for example, whether the people who participated in your internship program continued to work in scientific or technical fields five or 10 years after their participation ends.

Our workforce specialists analyze many factors influencing labor trends including: employment rates and forecasts, participation of women and other minority groups, stay rates attributed to foreign-born participants, competitive salary ranges and rate of degree production.

Our efforts to evaluate and constantly improve the effectiveness of our work results in participants who are more likely to:

  • Pursue higher level degrees
  • Complete graduate degrees in specialty fields of interest to sponsors
  • Pursue research careers in areas of interest to sponsors
  • Accept employment positions at federal research centers
  • Refer others to programs administered by ORAU
  • Emphasize active, inquiry-based learning in their teaching
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Labor trends report spotlights higher education health physics enrollments and degrees

As a leader in assessing the health of our scientific workforce, ORAU education specialists publish reports that analyze labor trends, assess classroom technologies and examine other characteristics unique to our nation’s global competitiveness.

One of our most significant labor trends analyses has been tracking enrollments and degrees awarded in health physics for DOE and other federal agencies for more than 50 years.

The report includes enrollment information on undergraduate students and graduate students and information by degree level for post-graduation plans.

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Mobile device applications in use

App software developers are fastest growing, highest paid and most available jobs in the country

App software developers are among the fastest growing STEM careers in the country. They are also among the highest paid STEM workers, and have the most available jobs than almost any other career choice. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies this as a bright outlook occupation, which means they predict employment will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024.

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Our Expert

Don Johnson

Don Johnson, Ph.D.

Expertise: Economics of specialized labor markets, regional economic growth and development

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If you have questions about ORAU's Workforce Solutions capabilities, contact 865.576.3424 or .