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)
252 81 32.14% 24 9.52% 16 6.35%
Research/Technical Management (first-line and mid-level)
(Engineering Management, Research Management, Technical Management)
5,131 988 19.26% 431 8.40% 589 11.48%
Operations (or Research Support) Management
(Business Management, Computer Systems, Communications, ESHQ, Facilities Ops, HR, Legal, Tech Transfer, Strategic Planning)
3,264 1,317 40.35% 695 21.29% 175 5.36%
Technical Research Staff
(Non-management: Researchers, Scientists, or Engineers)
29,026 5,861 20.19% 3,758 12.95% 4,036 13.90%
Operations Support Staff
(Non-management: support roles)
26,193 10,872 41.51% 7,076 27.01% 1,133 4.33%
Post Doctoral
(Post-doc employees)
3,526 906 25.69% 270 7.66% 1,475 41.83%
Graduate Student
(Funded by Lab)
2,763 893 32.32% 525 19.00% 589 21.32%
Undergraduate Student
(Funded by Lab, does not include undergrad student funded by DOE directly (i.e. SULI))
2,545 1,047 41.14% 699 27.47% 376 14.77%
Totals 72,700 21,965 30.21% 13,478 18.54% 8,389 11.54%

Demographic data snapshot as of 7/1/21. NETL 2021 data submitted as of 9/30/20.
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.