Published: December 27, 2022 | Updated: December 21, 2022

Idaho National Laboratory projections point to continued growth, high demand for top talent

IDAHO FALLS — Idaho National Laboratory is projecting significant growth as the lab remains at the forefront of scientific innovation and technology.

“The lab is achieving breakthroughs that will make the world safer, cleaner and more secure for future generations,” said INL Director John Wagner. “With increased support for our clean energy and national security missions, it is critically important that we have the workforce needed to deliver for the nation.”

INL’s work has helped drive Idaho’s economy, and the lab’s continued growth has a positive impact on the state’s economic development. INL resident labor economist Hope Morrow has completed the annual workforce forecast for the lab. Morrow’s findings show growth in various areas, foreseeing the need for more than 2,800 new employees in the next five years.

“INL’s demand for top talent continues to grow, but labor market tightness has not let up," Morrow said. "Labor competition is still at an all-time high, as many Idaho businesses are also seeing an increased need for a robust workforce.”

Micron and other large companies around the Gem State are also seeking high-demand talent.

“The labor market in Idaho and around the country is more competitive than ever. INL works diligently to be an employer of choice for the best and brightest from around the world. We offer opportunities to contribute to clean energy and national security missions, an attractive work-life balance, and a focus on an inclusive workplace,” said Terrence Buck, INL Talent Acquisition manager.

With growth across INL’s mission areas in nuclear energy, national and homeland security, and integrated energy systems, INL will see an increased demand for engineers, technicians and skilled trades positions. The five-year forecast shows this will include more than 600 openings for engineering positions and around 750 openings for technicians and trades.

INL is also working to fill future openings by strategizing with universities and community colleges to develop curriculum and training opportunities along with increasing awareness in INL’s career fields.

Morrow, who is also the head of Regional and Community Workforce Development at INL, said, “these partnerships are essential to INL’s growth and will continue to be as we work to develop the workforce of the future.”