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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.

STEM education opens doors to a variety of career paths, regional success

As the owner and operator of the electric transmission system in Michigan, my company ITC relies on graduates of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs to innovate and maintain the reliability and efficiency of the electrical grid. But we are not the only company looking for technically trained employees.

Boeing predicts almost 1.2 million pilots, technicians needed by 2034

As airlines bolster their fleets to meet the exploding demand for air travel in Asia and other parts of the globe, more than a million new pilots and maintenance personnel will be needed over the next two decades, according to a new forecast from Boeing. The world's largest plane maker estimates that by 2034, there will be a need for 558,000 new commercial airline pilots and 609,000 new maintenance technicians.

Miami Dade Faces Teacher Shortage In Building STEM Program

Miami-Dade County’s hiring department may get 1,000 applications for an elementary school teacher position. But when the nation’s fourth-largest district is looking for a high school chemistry teacher, it’s lucky to get 20. In the race to educate more students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — a major obstacle is finding enough qualified teachers.

Study finds parents still don't understand STEM job opportunities

While a clear majority of parents in the U.S. believe it’s important to educate students in the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, many hold misperceptions about how gaining expertise and degrees in those fields can boost job options. In recent study commissioned by the Alcoa Foundation, 77 percent of those surveyed were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to encourage their child to pursue a career in manufacturing industries, but 67 percent don’t consider manufacturing jobs ripe for advancement.

Digital Skills Urgently Needed to Bridge Digital Literacy Gap

Digital technology has changed our world for the better, but the innovation that helps some rise also threatens to leave millions behind. As technology transforms our economy at a blinding pace, more and more people are being locked out of a job market increasingly dominated by the demand for computer skills.

California needs to address lack of technical training

Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly-skilled baby boomers that are entering retirement. So where will we find these workers? There are many young adults in the 18- to 24-year-old age bracket that possess no post-high school education. Many of these individuals are either unemployed or have low-paying jobs that offer limited career paths.

3 Challenges for Law School Applicants With STEM Degrees

Many people think that a successful law school applicant must have studied the humanities or social sciences in college and, if one has work experience, that experience must be in the legal field or closely connected to it. Although applicants with STEM backgrounds are at no disadvantage when applying to law school, there are a few challenges that apply particularly to STEM applicants – but there are ways to overcome them.

5 shocking examples of H-1B visa program abuse

The H-1B visa program was designed to encourage highly skilled foreign workers to put down roots in the U.S. and spur innovation. However, many IT firms are twisting the intent of the program, and using it to hire inexperienced workers at lower pay. Here are five highly publicized instances of H-1B visa abuse.

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