More African Americans have access to college, but few of them end up earning tech and science degrees. According to the Georgetown study, which was released Tuesday, black students tend to cluster in fields like social work that lead to lower-paying careers. For example, 20 percent of degree holders in human services and community organizing are black, and earn a median salary of about $40,000 per year. By contrast, only 7 percent of those who receive STEM-related bachelor's degrees and earn a median annual salary of $84,000 are black.
The U.S. educational system and job market have a chicken-and-egg relationship: Do changes in the needs of the labor market determine the skills that schools teach? Or, do the ways students are educated force employers to adapt to the types of employees available to them? The reality is that the answer contains a little bit of both. That's why it’s critical that employers understand how educational trends will affect whom and how they hire in the future.
Everyone experiences stress at work, but some jobs involve more overall stress than others. That's especially true for the tech industry, where high demand meets a lack of talent, which results in understaffed IT departments and a lack of support in up and coming areas like big data, security, mobile developers and more.
John Maynard Keynes once famously said that the difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas but in escaping from old ones. And one of the oldest and most pervasive and pernicious economic ideas is that technology kills jobs.
It's a familiar catch-22 for recent grads: to get a job, you need to have experience, but to gain experience, you need to have a job. In his budget for Fiscal Year 2017, President Obama has nearly doubled the amount of money requested for helping workers find that all-important first job, as well as creating a grant competition to encourage communities to develop plans to employ young workers, and a $2 billion apprenticeship training fund, aimed at doubling the number of apprenticeships in the U.S.
Historically, technology creates jobs rather than killing them. Think of ATMs, for example. We doubt this automation would cut jobs off because banks no longer need bank tellers. Surprisingly, these machines have been creating more jobs since 2000. The reason is that ATMs reduce the costs of running any branch, leaving more revenue to create more branches and hire more tellers. As technology evolves and transforms the workplace, workers are urged to increase their knowledge and ability to perform tasks that are more sophisticated.
The White House wants every child in the United States to learn computer science. The president’s plan to reach that goal? Ask Congress to fund a new $4 billion program for states and another $100 million for districts to train teachers and purchase the tools “so that our elementary, middle, and high schools can provide opportunities to learn computer science for all students,” Obama said in his weekly address on January 30.
It's no secret that the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are dominated by white men. A new center at Arizona State University is trying to change that. The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology officially launched last month with a mission that combines research, practice and advocacy to boost the ranks of women of color in jobs ranging from engineers at some of the nation’s top tech firms to chemistry Ph.Ds working as tenured professors.
As the U.S. job market improves, U.S. News & World Report today (Jan 26) released the 2016 Best Jobs rankings to help job seekers at every level take advantage of new opportunities and make smarter career decisions. Health care related jobs dominate the list of the 100 Best Jobs due to a combination of high salaries, low unemployment rates and better work-life balance.
A degree or certificate may tell an employer about your education, but it won't necessarily highlight your specific skills. Online education, however, has facilitated the rise of "microcredentials," namely digital badges, and nanodegrees, that aim to do just that.