Cases like Al-Hasan are becoming more common as money for scientific research dries up and competition for limited faculty positions turns fiercer. The number of science and engineering doctorates going into academia has dipped by more than 5 percent over the last decade, even as the rate has increased in non-scientific disciplines, according to the National Science Foundation.
It may not seem like biotechnology, manufacturing and construction have much in common, but according to panelists at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Baltimore, all these industries provide opportunities for well-paid jobs without the need for a college degree. With the right kind of STEM training, individuals from low-income or underserved communities can fill these roles, support their families and build upwardly mobile careers.
One common strategy for increasing diversity in STEM departments is to hire talented women away from other universities. But this zero-sum approach fails to increase the number of female STEM professors nationwide. It also ignores another universe of potentially stellar female faculty: women who left academe after getting their doctorates to pursue science or engineering careers in industry, government or private research.
According to this year's U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, the U.S. is seeing more college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. But this is downplayed by the fact that those STEM degree holders are international students with temporary visas who can go back to their home countries anytime they want. There were 30,835 additional U.S. graduates who have STEM degrees during the 2014-15 school year. There are, however, a total of 230,246 STEM jobs available in the country, the 2016 STEM Index report indicated.
The U.S. will be dependent on foreign workers to fill future STEM jobs, according to analysis of the third annual U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index, unveiled May 17. While the 2016 STEM Index shows increases in STEM degrees granted and STEM hiring, America continues to have a shortage of STEM workers. There were 30,835 additional STEM graduates and 230,246 additional STEM jobs from 2014-2015.
Apprenticeship programs don't only benefit employers looking for the adaptable skills they need in their workforce. They can remarkably transform the science, technology, engineering and math industries by providing underrepresented minorities the technical and leadership skills they need to succeed in STEM...
Women in STEM, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics earn 33% more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. Personally, I would add sales, technology sales, and a career that provided support, unlimited earning potential and flexibility in my own life. STEM is not about coding, it's about having computers in classrooms, exposing children to technology at an early age.
At the Women in Innovation Forum in New York (WIN), Marie Claire partnered up with host and French tech entrepreneur, Catherine Barba. After founding WIN in Paris, Barba recently brought the annual conference to the United States -- where she has since moved -- to further women's upward mobility in the male-dominated tech industry.
There's a stark gap between the number of open tech positions and qualified candidates to fill them. Even if it's not a traditional “tech company,” these days, every company needs a technical hire or two. So how are technology executives working to fix this? Below, a group of technology leaders from Forbes Technology Council offer their best advice -- from grassroots investment ideas to specific organizations working in this arena -- of ways to close this gap.
According to Executive Director Brendan Lind, LaunchCode "helps people realize upward mobility and equal opportunity through apprenticeships in tech," by helping "companies finding talent they wouldn't otherwise find." Essentially, LaunchCode tries to bridge the gap between the job openings in technology fields that require skilled workers and people seeking tech jobs who don't have the technical degrees typically required to get one.