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STEM Gender Stereotypes Common Across the World

It's common for people to associate science fields with men more than women – a problem STEM education advocates in the U.S. are trying to solve. But America isn't the only country struggling with such a stereotype. In fact, a study published Monday by Northwestern University found people in the Netherlands were the most likely to associate science with men more than women.

The 5 states that draw the most Chinese investment

A new report shows more than 80,000 Americans are employed by Chinese companies, up from 15,000 five years ago. Here's where those jobs are. Those numbers are according to a new report from the Rhodium Group, which keeps one of the most complete databases of Chinese foreign direct investment into the United States.

How Do You Make The Tech Workforce More Diverse?

The struggle to increase diversity in the tech industry is once again in the spotlight this week. The Congressional Black Caucus invited industry representatives to Washington on Tuesday for the launch of CBC Tech 2020, a new initiative designed to get more African-Americans among the ranks of computer scientists and others working in STEM-based fields.

Education must adapt to tech

There is no doubt that technology is eliminating American jobs. Does technology, however, create more jobs than it destroys and will it continue to do so in the future? Which way the pendulum swings will likely be determined by how fast our education system is reformed to provide the skills people will need to thrive in technology occupations.

In open letter, female founders push for positive women-in-tech stories

More than 50 female founders and executives of companies — including TaskRabbit, Gilt, One Kings Lane and Aspect Ventures — co-signed the letter, which was posted Wednesday. The media, they wrote, should spotlight successful women and positive statistics. That would encourage more to strive for the top rungs of Silicon Valley, or simply join the industry in the first place, they said.

How women are breaking the glass ceiling in STEM

Women getting into positions of leadership needs to begin, in part, with women giving each other support and guidance, according to Landon and Hart. Both are involved in that effort, mentoring young women who aspire to go into STEM fields. Landon is involved in several outreach efforts and Hart is involved with shaping the curriculum for University of North Florida's engineering program. Hart, in fact, sees it as a responsibility.

Could a robot save your job?

US businesses battling low-cost foreign competition have a seemingly difficult choice to make: either send production offshore to save labor costs, or increase domestic efficiency through implementation of automation and robotics. Opponents of automation argue that this amounts to a “lose-lose situation” for workers – they get replaced by a person making a fraction of their wage or they get replaced by a hyper-productive robot.

10 tips to help college tech grads enter the workforce

Summer is nearly upon us and with it for many comes graduation ceremonies. Then it's off to the realities of the workforce. If your degree is in the technology field, you're picked a great career path, but there's still lots of competition to beat out and evolving technology to master. Finding your place in a crowded tech job market means some serious planning, polishing your skill set and developing the right set of tools.

Report: College Degrees Are Not Created Equal

A college degree is worth at least $1 million throughout a career. But with some degrees – particularly those in STEM, business and health fields – the economic return is much greater. A new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce found the highest-paying college majors earn $3.4 million more throughout their careers than the lowest-paying majors. The center used U.S. Census data to analyze the wages of 137 college majors and found the wage disparity among majors increases over time.

More STEM education won’t protect our jobs from robots

Care to guess what is the world’s fastest growing industry? Health care? Biotech? Energy? Nope. According to a recent report, it’s robotics. And those robots are slowly but surely putting people out of work. Recent research at the University of Oxford suggests that nearly half of all jobs are at risk from automation.

Towards More Women in Technology

The dearth of women in technology has long been attributed to the pipeline problem of fewer girls in the STEM area of education. Although at the K12 level, girls are taking high level mathematics and science courses at similar rates as their male classmates, the ratio continues to remain lopsided when it comes to computer science, as shown by a survey of the Advanced Placement Exams - only 19% of girls took the computer science exam in 2011.

US tech industry needs women, must interest them at school

If computer science was mandatory in schools in the United States - as it is, for example, in Britain - girls would be more comfortable with the subject from an early age, Reynolds said. "We should be teaching (girls) that actually you can get into fashion, into film, all sorts of really cool things (with code)." The dearth of women and minorities in the tech world also creates an economic problem, he said.

Cities Must Invest in the 'Smart Jobs' Workforce

STEM-intensive occupations are expected to drive economic growth. But cities must invest in training and education to build a qualified workforce. Aerospace manufacturers were the major reason Wichita ranked near the top in a Brookings Institution report published earlier this year that identifies a set of 50 “advanced industries” likely to be key in supporting sustainable economic growth. These companies invest heavily in technology research and development while employing substantial numbers of workers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Survey: STEM Professionals Cite Real World Experience as Career Catalyst for Students

A new national survey of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals carried out by the MdBio Foundation, Inc. (MdBio) in collaboration with The Science Advisory Board® finds that the majority of STEM professionals credit real-world, hands-on experience as the most critical factor in landing a STEM job. A majority of the 523 STEM professionals surveyed said they chose to pursue a scientific career before they entered college, shedding new light on the need to develop stronger partnerships between K-12 educators and STEM employers.

Salaries for STEM jobs in decline

Though STEM-focused jobs experienced a slowdown, growing only 1 percent year-over-year, they're still near the top for wage growth. Since 2006, jobs in STEM fields have experienced growth of around 10 percent, according to the PayScale Index. Metro areas with a high concentration of STEM workers and employers also experienced wage slowdowns this quarter: San Diego and Seattle, for example, had negative growth over the last quarter (-0.6 percent and -0.1 percent, respectively), while Boston's growth remained flat and San Francisco had only a slight uptick of 0.5 percent.

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