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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
Gender gaps in engineering: Are women’s workplace experiences a key factor

Gender gaps in engineering: Are women’s workplace experiences a key factor

If women earn 1/5 of all engineering degrees; why are only 11 percent of engineers in the workplace women?Funded by the ORAU-Directed Research and Development program, ORAU and Univ. of Mississippi researchers have partnered to try to explain why this gap exists, using the framework of Self-Determination Theory (SDT). 

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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 .