Since they’re planning on bringing as much as $5 billion in investment and as many as 50,000 jobs, they have the leverage to come to the table with a pretty specific wish list. The tech giant wants to set up in a city of over a million people, with stable business growth, good local transit options, an international airport and a university hub for recruiting. On top of this they’d like an ethnically diverse local population and are offering bonus points for sustainable infrastructure.
With the cost of attacks increasing, companies want to hire more cybersecurity professionals to help protect their information and profits. However, companies have only begun these massive hiring pushes in the last few years, so there is not an equivalent pool of candidates entering the field. In fact, most of the current cybersecurity workforce are seasoned veterans of the information technology field and are nearing retirement.
There was a time when the calculator was cutting edge and the only way to place a call was to walk over to the wall phone. For generations of Americans, the good life used to be working one job with one employer for much of your adulthood until retirement. Today, students are taught they could count on switching careers multiple times as society tries to keep pace with the flood of new gadgets and gizmos.
Hoping to nudge bright students toward degrees and eventual careers in cybersecurity, the FBI has deployed a pilot program in high schools nationwide, said Howard Marshall, deputy assistant director of the bureau’s cybersecurity division. The program, led by 10 different FBI field offices, encourages young people to engage in and study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
You’ve probably heard that a robot is going to take your job. It’s an oft-repeated refrain, heralded in article headlines and speeches from luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. Some experts predict that anywhere from 38 to 57 percent of jobs could be automated in the next few decades, depending on who you ask, and the jobs aren’t limited to any one industry.
Different groups talk about variations of the pipeline. Some describe a pipeline from science education to a STEM career, or as a way to describe a treacherous path through such an education that loses many female, black, Latino, or American Indian people along their educational careers. But the variations are all based on an idea that impacts entire sectors of our 21st-century economy: the preschool-to-Ph.D. pipeline.
So, why is it that U.S. tech companies seem to have so much trouble finding qualified candidates to fill these high-tech, high-paying jobs? Some technology is growing so fast that as soon as a position is filled, another role is needed; there is a continuous demand for that particular technology’s skill set. Another explanation for this skills gap is that the talents most needed by software employers are not being taught in today’s education system.
Amazon recently sparked a competitive frenzy among U.S. cities when the Seattle-based company announced its search for a second corporate headquarters (“HQ2”) in North America. Thursday is the deadline for interested cities to submit their bids. Approximately 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars worth of economic activity hang in the balance.
The company has committed to donating the funds over the next five through grants to organizations that focus on job training and opportunities. The $1 billion will be given out as grants to non-profits around the world specializing in addressing the education and technology gaps. It's the largest single commitment Google has made.
Scilancer, LLC has launched Scilancer.com, an online marketplace for freelancing in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The service connects educated and trained individuals with organizations seeking short-term help for research and development projects. Scilancer.com will help organizations find highly skilled individuals to perform certain tasks when in-house expertise is not available. This is a very common problem, as the STEM fields have become ever more specialized.