Many jobs fall under the umbrella of tech these days, each with its own unique focus and skillset. CareerCast looked at the wage potential, growth outlook and relevance to the constantly evolving job market to determine the best jobs in tech market.
Hiring in the computer and chip sectors dove after companies shifted hardware production outside the U.S., and the newest tech giants needed relatively few workers. The number of technology startups fizzled. Growth in productivity and wages slowed, and income inequality rose as machines replaced routine, low- and middle-income, human-powered work. This outcome is a far cry from what many political leaders, tech entrepreneurs and economists predicted about a generation ago.
Scientific American and Macmillan Learning held the STEM Summit 4.0 at the New York Academy of Sciences. Educators, entrepreneurs and government employees gathered in a space overlooking the lower Manhattan skyline to listen to and discuss strategies for teaching and engaging students in STEM topics. This year’s theme: The Power of Data.
President Obama thinks artificial intelligence could solve many of the world’s biggest problems -- like disease, climate change, even economic inequality. To that end, his administration is recommending more investment in the technology across all levels of government, including funding STEM education to have a prepared workforce, advanced research projects, local grants and new federal infrastructure.
A major revamp of the federal regulations and funding rules related to career and technical education in this country is on hold after the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions canceled a scheduled meeting. The Workforce Advance Act, reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, had been read twice in the Senate and sent back to the committee.
Technological skills are always in demand in the various industries around the globe. However, the industries have a fancy trend of hiring the young, white males from big schools. Hence, Northeastern University's Seattle campus Dean and CEO Scott McKinley wants industry and education to collaborate to solve tech talent gap, ageism and sexism.
In his recent op-ed for The Hill (“STEM education: Not just for the next Neil Armstrong,” Sept. 20), Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) lays out the importance of inspiring our nation’s next generation of scientists, engineers and astronauts early on. I could not agree more. We need to inspire and challenge our nation’s young people to innovate the future. -- Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
A recent study shows students are skipping science and math because they don't understand the vast career opportunities available in those fields. According to a STEM survey conducted by Emerson, a global manufacturing and technology company, 42% of people would have considered an education in STEM if they better understood a potential career path, and 1 in 3 didn't pursue a career in STEM because it seemed too hard.
Many seem to think remote work won’t be an option for them if they follow their dreams of engineering or science, but that’s because we’re still looking at these fields through a smaller scope then we should and can at this point. A recent study showed some 60 percent of office jobs will be remote by 2022.
A recent report revealed that 8th grade girls scored higher than boys on technology and engineering literacy tests. 45 % of girls scored proficient or better on the test, while the percentage for boys was slightly lower at 42 % scoring proficiently or better. The report challenges an existing imbalance we see in society today – where men significantly outnumber women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) majors and careers.