A community of people who work together to make the nation, and the world, a safer place

At Lincoln Laboratory, you'll find a community of people who work together to make the nation, and the world, a safer place. Lincoln Laboratory recognizes that its success is achieved through the appreciation and support of the diverse talents, ideas, cultures, and expe­riences of its employees.

 Workforce Representation

At Lincoln Laboratory, we believe diversity and inclusion (D&I) are necessary to build a culture of collaboration and drive innovation aimed at solving the nation’s most challenging problems. We aspire to create a workforce that reflects the nation we serve and a workplace where everyone feels they are respected, are valued, and belong. From our employee resource groups that foster community, campaigns such as RE2AcT that facilitate conversations about exclusion and bias, and educational outreach initiatives that bring underrepresented populations into STEM, we are actively working to cultivate a diverse and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow.

Recognizing the importance of transparency and accountability around D&I, we share these workforce demographics, which reflect the Laboratory’s employee population as of December 31, 2023. We will continue working toward our commitment to increasing representation of employees from diverse backgrounds at every level within the Laboratory.


Business operations charts broken down by gender.

Source: Internal Lincoln Laboratory data as of 12/31/2023. Select self-reported data, such as such as gender identity and sexual orientation, is unavailable. Lincoln Laboratory is working towards capturing additional self-reported data to better understand how our employees identify.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and ethnicity doughnut pie chart

Career Level by Race and Ethnicity

Table breakdown of career level by race and ethnicity.

Composition of Technical Staff

composition pie charts of professional staff by degree and academic discipline.


Self-reported Workforce Data

Below are self-reported data provided voluntarily by our employees.  We use workforce data to better understand how our staff identify and to address potential needs.   

We recognize the need to expand self-reported data to be more inclusive.  As our data set grows, we are committed to sharing advanced workforce demographics in future reporting, including gender identity and sexual orientation data.

Veteran and disability self-reported data numbers on split image with laboratory background.


Working at Lincoln Laboratory

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Careers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lincoln Laboratory front entrance

Workplace Environment

Employees of MIT Lincoln Laboratory are required to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. 

Professional Fellows

Our staff are active in professional societies, many achieving the Fellow status that recognizes significant contributions to the international science and engineering communities.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Laboratory's Diversity and Inclusion Office works to recruit the best technical and support talent from a diverse national pool of candidates, foster a work environment built on trust and inclusion, and adapt training and development approaches to ensure the professional growth of the Laboratory's diverse staff.