Highly Educated Talent Pool

The Oak Ridge Schools were born in the shadow of the Manhattan Project in 1943. Like the project that brought together the nation’s greatest minds for a common goal, the school system set the bar high for educational excellence from the beginning. Over 75% of our passionate, award-winning teachers hold master’s degrees. Oak Ridge Schools offer a challenging STEM curriculum with a deliberate focus on collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity to ensure success for every student.

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1,135 PHDs working in Oak Ridge



Oak Ridge Schools were 2nd in the world to become Advanced STEM certified.

Education Attained

  • Less Than 9th Grade: 70 (2.30%)
  • 9th to 12th Grade: 1,162 - (5.70%)
  • High School Graduate: 4,877 - (23.92%)
  • Some College: 4,340 - (21.28%)
  • Associates Degree: 1,783 - (8.74%)
  • Bachelors Degree: 3,921 - (19.23%)
  • Graduate Degree: 3,838  - (18.82%)

Overview of Oak Ridge High School

Oak Ridge High School is ranked 35th within Tennessee. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Oak Ridge High School is 43%. The total minority enrollment is 30%. Oak Ridge High School is the only high school in Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge High School 2021 Rankings

Oak Ridge High School is ranked #2,726 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college.

  • #2,726 - in National Rankings
  • #35 - in Tennessee High Schools
  • #6 - in Knoxville, TN Metro Area High Schools
  • 92.5% - Graduation Rate
  • 72.2% - Postsecondary Enrollment

source: https://www.ortn.edu/

Oak Ridge, Tennessee Degrees by the Numbers

Degrees have been growing at institutions near Oak Ridge, Tennessee over the past 5 years. In 2020, students completed 10,421 degree programs at colleges and universities near Oak Ridge. That was an increase of 20% over completions reported in 2016.

source: https://www.franklin.edu/colleges-near/tennessee/oak-ridge

Private Colleges near Oak Ridge:

  • Franklin University
  • South College
  • Fountainhead College of Technology
  • Huntington University of Health Sciences
  • Maryville College
  • Johnson University
  • Hiwassee College

Public Colleges near Oak Ridge:

  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Community Colleges Near Oak Ridge:

  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Roane State Community College

Job Breakdown

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Oak Ridge, TN, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1,964 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,892 people), and Retail Trade (1,414 people).

  • # of Jobs (2021):    269,578
  • % of Change (20-21):  +0.5% (National Avg: +0.8%)
  • Median Earnings:   $19.23/hr
  • National Avg: $16.88/hr
  • Annual Openings:   29,468
  • 15 Local Higher Education Institutions Produce over 40,683 program completions each year

    - Oak Ridge, TN Workforce Analysis 2019

Most Common Jobs

The most common jobs held by residents of Oak Ridge, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,547 people), Management Occupations (1,307 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,035 people).

Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Oak Ridge, TN has an unusually high number of residents working in Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (4.78 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (2.05 times higher), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.24 times higher).

source: https://datausa.io/profile/geo/oak-ridge-tn#top_occ_num_emp

Customized Training

The mission of Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Harriman is to provide high quality technical training to prepare individuals for lasting and rewarding  employment, lifelong learning, and to upgrade skills of employed workers. For information on their specialized training programs, click here.


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