Research Topics

U.S. Labor Market & Industry

The Talent Network projects are designed to improve connections among employers, job seekers, and education and workforce providers to ensure the delivery of a skilled workforce for key industries. As part of this work, the Heldrich Center worked with several New Jersey community colleges to use labor market information and other industry intelligence to better inform students about career prospects and to improve the alignment of degree and course content with industry skill needs.

This study includes an overview of the graduation rates and college engineering program dynamics for engineering, including an analysis by discipline. The analysis provides background information on trends in the supply of new engineers to the labor market over the past three decades. It identifies forces shaping the demand for engineers over the past three decades, including fluctuations in government demand, skill-biased technological change, the demand for engineers in non-engineering occupations (particularly management), and replacement demand.

In 2008, the Heldrich Center, together with Harvard University and the National Bureau of Economic Research, completed a report based on a national forum on the future of engineering. More than 30 of the nation’s leading employers, scholars, and deans of engineering schools met to identify key obstacles and promising programs for strengthening America’s engineering workforce.

In 2007, the Heldrich Center worked with the Atlantic City-based Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to identify and help address the workforce and economic competitiveness advantages within the Atlantic City, New Jersey region. The Heldrich Center worked with local economic development officials to assess and understand the job demands of the most prominent industries they deemed critical to the development and operation of major development projects planned over the next 10 years, as well as assess and understand the workforce supply available to meet future demand.

From 2005 to 2010, the Heldrich Center conducted a study of the workforce implications of nanotechnology in the United States. The study, funded by the National Science Foundation, included workforce assessments of the nanotechnology industry in three regions of the United States. The Heldrich Center used interviews and a web-based survey of companies to understand the changing skill and educational requirements of the nanotechnology industry in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.