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Argonne Employee Demographics

Our world-class science and technology requires excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Diversity enhances our innovation and collaboration. Equity affords everyone an unbiased opportunity to contribute. Inclusion builds trust, teamwork, and forward momentum. At Argonne, we strive to fulfill our mission and enhance our impact in a safe and welcoming workplace environment that reflects our community and our nation.

Argonne is committed to increasing representation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in our workforce. This commitment has led to an increase in the percentage of racial and ethnic minority employees labwide from 24.5% in 2016 to 29.98% in 2021, and our senior leader level is near parity at 42.86% women. Through strategic DEI planning we will work to make further progress. Steps we are taking include educating hiring managers on inclusive hiring, partnering with local neighborhoods through the Argonne in Chicago initiative to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM, and increasing recruitment of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). We understand that bringing together people whose cultural and intellectual backgrounds equip them to look at a problem from different viewpoints is key to collaboration and innovation.

These figures reflect the laboratory’s employee population as of July 1, 2021 with 3,569 total employees.

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne reviews its demographics annually to help inform strategies related to recruitment, retention and advancement.

  • Senior Leaders: Director, deputies, and associate laboratory directors
  • Technical Leaders: Research/development scientific and engineering managers
  • Operations/Research Support Leaders: Professional, administrative, and technical managers
  • Research Staff: Research/development scientists and engineers
  • Operations/Research Support Staff: Professional, administrative, and technical/engineers
  • Postdocs: Postdoctoral researchers
  • Graduate Students: Graduate students funded by the lab
  • Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate students funded by the lab
  • Men
  • Women
  • African American/Black
  • American Indian/Native Alaskan
  • Asian
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian
  • Two or More Races
  • White
  • Unknown
  Overall Senior Leaders Technical Leaders Operations/ Research Support Leaders Research Staff Operations/ Research Support Staff Postdocs Grad Students Undergrad Students
Men 69.85% 57.14% 82.76% 61.03% 81.69% 57.43% 80.06% 76.00% 52.27%
Women 30.15% 42.86% 17.24% 38.97% 18.31% 42.57% 19.94% 24.00% 47.73%
  Overall Senior Leaders Technical Leaders Operations/ Research Support Leaders Research Staff Operations/ Research Support Staff Postdocs Grad Students Undergrad Students
African American/ Black 4.26% 0.00% 1.38% 3.59% 0.86% 8.10% 2.72% 0.00% 2.27%
American Indian/ Native Alaskan 0.08% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.20% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Asian 19.11% 14.29% 18.28% 2.56% 29.36% 4.22% 58.91% 38.00% 13.64%
Hispanic/ Latino 4.93% 0.00% 2.07% 2.56% 2.50% 7.90% 3.93% 2.00% 9.09%
Pacific Islander/ Native Hawaiian 0.06% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.07% 0.00% 2.00% 0.00%
Two or More Races 1.54% 0.00% 0.34% 0.51% 1.55% 1.67% 2.11% 2.00% 4.55%
White 70.02% 85.71% 77.93% 90.77% 65.72% 77.84% 32.33% 56.00% 70.45%
Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%