Rodgers is professor of public policy at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is also chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Rodgers recently completed service on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to coming to Rutgers, in 2000, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, appointed by Alexis Herman, U.S. secretary of labor.