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These colleges have America's highest-paid grads

Many of the colleges with the highest-paid graduates have a common theme: They focus on the so-called STEM fields, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That jibes with Payscale's research into the majors that reward their students with the highest salaries, which list petroleum engineering, nuclear engineering and actuarial mathematics as the three top-earning majors, based on incomes of graduates with bachelor's degrees in those fields.

Demand for jobs high in cyber security

"The size of the security threats out there is staggering," said Dandekar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering. "To hear about all of the attacks happening right now, I'd say there's high demand for people with knowledge who can understand these attacks." When Dandekar's students earn their post-graduate degrees in cyber security, they will join one of the nation's fastest-growing occupations, as projected by the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Apple reports hiring more women and minorities, though overall numbers move only slightly

Apple says it more than doubled the numbers of women, blacks and Hispanics hired in the last year, although that barely moved the needle in terms of improving the diversity of its total workforce.Like other major tech companies, Apple has been under public pressure to increase the number of women and minorities in a workforce that is overwhelmingly male and white or Asian.

How can we overcome gender bias in STEM education?

We often talk about the STEM pipeline: If we can just get youth interested STEM and incrementally grow their knowledge, the plumbing will pull them toward opportunities in STEM careers. But research points out that it is not as simple as getting people in the pipeline. A 2011 report indicated women make up 50% of the workforce, but hold less than 25% of STEM positions. And, only one in seven engineers is female. Research also points out that the pipeline may be particularly problematic for women.

Job opportunities await in auto industry

Negative perceptions about the auto industry and careers in it are a growing problem, both for the automakers and the future of the state. Changing those perceptions and better preparing students for high-tech manufacturing jobs is critical. “We do not have the appropriate skill set being developed,” said David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, who is also working on a new program —Building America’s Tomorrow — focused on preparing urban kids and young women specifically for high-tech, skilled manufacturing jobs.

The Best Cities for Diversity in STEM

Nine of the top ten cities are in either the mid-Atlantic region or California. Missing are typical STEM hubs such as San Francisco (ranked 29th overall), Austin (58th overall), San Jose (61st overall), Denver (89th overall) and Seattle (95th overall). The STEM workforce in each of these cities were more than 70 percent male and less than 5 percent Black. Memphis leads the way for STEM diversity.

Want to go to College for STEM?

Do make sure a degree in STEM is for you. There is a trend today of students pursuing such degrees not because it is what is in their heart, but because they think it is a practical choice. A large number switch into liberal arts programs later on. 40% of those students who enter a STEM major leave it or the field within five years according to one expert. Some students even switch majors in order to get higher grades elsewhere. The takeaway, you do not want to waste time and money on a false choice.

Analyzing trends in Pell Grant recipients and expenditures

Why has the number of Pell recipients declined over the past two years after such a sharp increase between 2008 and 2010? Two factors are at play. First, enrollment at vocationally-oriented colleges (primarily community colleges and for-profit colleges) increases during recessions as displaced workers choose to receive additional training instead of trying to find a job in an awful economy. When the economy gets better, more of these individuals go back to work and forgo college.

Speaker calls for end to oil export ban

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Wednesday for Congress to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. Boehner hadn't taken sides in the debate until Wednesday, and his endorsement likely sets the stage for a major policy battle this fall on Capitol Hill. “Lifting the ban would create an estimated 1 million jobs here at home, jobs that would frankly get created in every state. It would help bring down prices at the pump for consumers, and it will be good for our allies,” Boehner said at a press conference.

NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense. Federal, state and local officials on Monday announced the city as the national headquarters for a $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the emerging field, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region.

Link found between student's chosen major, parents' income

The study showed that students from high-income families were more likely to major in English and history than their peers, while students from low-income families were relatively more likely to major in law-enforcement. Weeden says that students from low-income families are less likely to be exposed to the arts and humanities and are more likely to pick a major with more job opportunities.

Healthcare Opportunities — The STEM Work Force No One Talks About

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, software developer is the most common science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupation with more than 80 percent of STEM workers employed in computer occupations or engineering. But STEM careers are broader than those two occupations. Not only is STEM education vital to the healthcare industry, it’s central to two professions that support healthcare that no one seems to talk about.

Getting Kids Interested in Manufacturing Careers

This strategy often focuses on the promotion of curriculums around science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with the idea that manufacturers will work hand-in-hand with local schools to create engaging programs that offer real-world insight. While just about everyone agrees with this concept, the reality is that very few are actually putting it into practice. Many manufacturers participate in career days or one-off showcases for students, but there is a lack of sustainable programs that are mutually beneficial (and enjoyable) for both sides.

June employment in tangible and intangible industries

Employment in tangible producing industries grew by 96,600 in May. Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Accommodation & Food Service were the biggest gainers. Intangible producing industries added 126,300 jobs with most of that gain in Professional & Business Services and Educational & Health Services had the overall largest gain.

What Will the New Tech Workforce Look Like?

Imagine the typical IT professional — the fresh-faced guy who just graduated college, hunched over his computer. He has all the latest gadgets, uses apps you’ve never heard of, and hacks into his friends’ Facebook accounts for fun. Although we associate tech skills with younger generations, don’t be surprised when a new wave of more mature IT talent rolls in.

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