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Working with NIST

Have you considered a career with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology?

By Valerie Anderson

As you search for your first job out of working for an employer that provides you with both a challenging and rewarding work environment. A career with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can give you just that.

With the NIST you will join approximately 2,800 scientists, engineers, technicians and support and administrative personnel working toward NIST's mission. And you will join this effort at one of the two operation locations the NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. or their center in Boulder, Colo.

Critical Measurement Solutions

Everyday products and services, like automated teller machines, atomic clocks and innumerable other items, rely in some way on technology, measurement and standards provided by the NIST.

According to their site at, NIST was founded in 1901 and is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce ( NIST's vision is to be the world's leader in creating critical measurement solutions and promoting equitable standards. Their efforts stimulate innovation, foster industrial competitiveness and improve the quality of life.

To that end, NIST's Fiscal Year 2008 resources ( total $931.5 million.

NIST carries out its mission and vision through four cooperative programs:

  • NIST Laboratories ( conducts research that advances the nation's technology infrastructure and is needed by U.S. industry to continually improve products and services.
  • Baldrige National Quality Program ( promotes performance excellence among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions and health care providers; conducts outreach programs and manages the annual Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes performance excellence and quality achievement.
  • Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership ( is a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers.
  • Technology Innovation Program ( provides cost-shared awards to industry, universities and consortia for research on potentially revolutionary technologies that address critical national and societal needs.


All information generously provided by National Institutes of Standards and Technology (

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