Numbers for NLS Nerds

165 Number of field interviewers who worked on the last round of NLS interviews.
429 Number of interviews conducted by the most prolific field interviewer during the last completed round of the NLSY79. Note that most NLSY79 respondents are interviewed by telephone.
250 Number of interviews conducted by the most prolific field interviewer during the last completed round of the NLSY97. In that round, most NLSY97 respondents were interviewed in person.
98 Number of individuals (aside from field interviewers) at BLS, CHRR at Ohio State University, and NORC at the University of Chicago who form the NLS team that conducts the survey.
1978 Year in which the most senior NLS staffer (Patricia Rhoton, CHRR) started working on the NLS.
2015 Year that Jeff Groen, the current Longitudinal Studies Division Director at BLS, assumed leadership of the NLS. Jeff replaced long-time Director Chuck Pierret who, happily, remains on the NLS team at BLS.
804 Combined years of NLS experience embodied by the 50 NLS team members at CHRR and the 8 team members at BLS—which averages to 13.9 years of NLS experience per person! (NORC’s staff is excluded from this tally because the data were not readily available.)

… to the individuals at the U.S. Department of Labor, the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University, NORC at the University of Chicago, and the U.S. Census Bureau who teamed together to conduct the NLS for 50 years. Without the hard work and dedication of these individuals, there would be no NLS!

If you are current or former member of the NLS team and would like to add your “staff” profile to this website, please contact NLSat50@chrr.osu.edu and we will send you a link to the profile submission page.