The U.S. Department of Energy’s 17 National Laboratories lead the nation in advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge, keeping our nation secure, and fueling our clean energy economy. The innovation at the heart of the Laboratories’ past and future success benefits from the fusion of diverse talents and inclusive perspectives. This includes the broad spectrum of individual characteristics reflected by race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, culture, language, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family structure, and diversity of thought, technical expertise, and life experience.

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Demographic Data for the National Labs

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Women

Under-Represented Minorities

Other People of Color


Types of Jobs Total Women Women %  URM URM % OPC OPC %
Senior Leadership
(Director/President, Deputy Director/Vice President, Associate Lab Director)
247 74 29.96% 18 7.29% 13 5.26%
Research/Technical Management (first-line and mid-level)
(Engineering Management, Research Management, Technical Management)
4,962 935 18.84% 379 7.64% 528 10.64%
Operations (or Research Support) Management
(Business Management, Computer Systems, Communications, ESHQ, Facilities Ops, HR, Legal, Tech Transfer, Strategic Planning)
3,144 1,226 38.99% 652 20.74% 165 5.25%
Technical Research Staff
(Non-management: Researchers, Scientists, or Engineers)
27,989 5,520 19.72% 3,710 13.26% 3,754 13.41%
Operations Support Staff
(Non-management: support roles)
25,061 11,179
44.61% 6,713 26.79% 1,043 4.16%
Post Doctoral
(Post-doc employees)
3,378 863 25.55% 232 6.87% 1,481 43.84%
Graduate Student
(Funded by Lab)
2,712 863 31.82% 444 16.37% 591 21.79%
Undergraduate Student
(Funded by Lab, does not include undergrad student funded by DOE directly (i.e. SULI))
2,603 1,033 39.68% 687 26.39% 358 13.75%
Totals 70,096 21,693 30.95% 12,835 18.31% 7,933 11.32%

Demographic data snapshot as of 7/1/20. NETL 2020 data submitted as of 9/30/19.
Includes: Laboratory recruited roles (includes roles waived from posting), postdoc employees, and students funded by the lab (not DOE funded students)
Excludes: Unknown ethnicity and multi ethnicities
URM = Under Represented Minorities (e.g.: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaskan Native)
OPC = Other People of Color (e.g.: Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
Includes data from all 17 national labs.