Faculty in the STEM fields are powerful forces in shaping engineering and computing education--the profession’s essential source of training and skills development. But even as the number of students pursuing science and engineering doctorates has increased dramatically, there has been a steep decline in candidates interested in pursuing academic careers.
The nation is suffused in enthusiastic talk about career and technical education. Policymakers ranging from President Trump to Joe Biden to Bernie Sanders have called for more schooling that can equip students for in-demand, middle-class jobs. Well, a lot of the discussion is driven by advocates, academics and elected officials. It seems useful to ask those with a track record of actually doing this work what they think.
Ivanka Trump and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited Charlotte on Tuesday as part of an effort to promote workforce development and future-focused manufacturing jobs.
Scientific literacy - the understanding of scientific concepts and processes - is a major goal of K-12 schooling. The National Science Education Standards, established to guide science education in primary and secondary schools, say the knowledge is necessary “for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.”
Careers in engineering encompass a variety of occupations that spur the creation of new ideas, advance technology, and are essential to a globally competitive economy and national defense. Increasing the number of Americans studying and pursuing careers in engineering is essential to the preceding points. Shortages in meeting employment demands exist in the number of U.S.
Some of the 465,000 factory jobs that the country created in 2017 and 2018 are in the most economically beleaguered counties that voted for Mr. Trump in 2016. But the biggest winners have not been the traditional manufacturing hubs where workers have been hammered this century by outsourcing and automation, federal statistics show.
Their tips are surprising and, at times, even conflicting. One executive says it’s OK to swap jobs regularly; another suggests digging in to a role. Other wisdom is direct: Don’t act like a phony because people are quick to perceive inauthenticity.
On Friday, June 7, 2019, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019. The bill provides a path for international students studying at a U.S. institution for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) advanced degrees to stay and work in the U.S. by exempting students who have criteria-approved job offers from the Green Card cap.
Robots could eliminate 75 million jobs globally by 2022 and create 133 million others, according to a World Economic Forum report released last year. Global manufacturers could also face a potential shortage of 7.9 million workers by 2030, warns a study released last year by the consulting firm Korn Ferry.
STEM education matters. We, as a society, must encourage, kids from all different backgrounds, to consider STEM careers earlier in their education tenure and provide the necessary pathways to ensure completion and entry into such fields. We must also change how we talk to kids and youth about STEM careers, saying a good paying job and career or we need you to pursue this career is simply not enough.