The White House’s $100M, H-1B Funded Tech Job Plan Comes Under Fire

Obama administration says there are 545,000 IT job openings, but experts question that number. The White House has established a $100 million program that endorses fast-track, boot camp IT training efforts and other four-year degree alternatives. But this plan is drawing criticism because of the underlying message it sends in the H-1B battle.

President Obama Launches New TechHire Initiative

The TechHire initiative builds on work communities like Louisville, St. Louis, Philadelphia, New York City and the State of Delaware are doing to connect more Americans to well-paying technology jobs through a potent combination of new tools and training models. Twenty-one cities, states and rural regions across the country will participate in the TechHire launch, with the goal of building a training-to-job pipeline to fill more than 120,000 tech openings, according to the White House.

On International Women’s Day, Thoughts On Gender And STEM

As we commemorate International Woman’s Day 2015, we decided to explore why the number of  women entering technology fields does not reflect the global population. We asked four members of the Internet Society Hall of Fame for their insights on how to attract more girls and women to careers in technology.

Encourage the next generation of STEM professionals

So, what to do about this problem? Specifically, what can small, local business do—and why should they care? Note that unfilled STEM jobs slow down business growth, lower productivity, and lead to lower revenues--whether you're a STEM business or not. In ASQ's 2014 Engineering Week survey, we asked our members to give engineering students some advice. Their suggestions apply just as much to businesses that may be employing such students as interns or staff.

Here's one way to attract the best and brightest to the U.S. - and keep them here

One quarter of technology and engineering companies developed between 1995 and 2012 were founded or co-founded by foreign-born immigrants. Those developed between 2006 and 2012 employed an average of 21.37 people each. Foreign-born immigrants creating employment opportunities in the U.S. is not a novel concept. Between 1995 and 2006, the technology companies started by immigrants accounted for an impressive 10 percent of total job creation.

The employment picture is improving for STEM majors

The years since the financial collapse of 2008 have been tough on young workers, but times seem to be improving for many, according to a new report on college graduates from employment expert Anthony P. Carnevale and economist Ban Cheah, both of the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce in Washington, D.C.

Robots are hurting middle class workers, and education won’t solve the problem

Whether it is robots in manufacturing, automated check-out of retail establishments, e-shopping taking people out of distribution networks, information technology replacing what used to be done by low-level, white-collar managerial and clerical labor, the ability to take blood pressure and perform other medical tests with much less human labor input, automated call-center systems – it appears that technology is permitting very large-scale substitutions.

Where are the best paying STEM jobs? Right here in Montgomery County

Looking for a job in STEM-related fields (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)?  Look no further than Montgomery County. A recent report by Smart Asset ( lists Rockville and Bethesda as the top spots in the nation for well-paying STEM jobs.  The area (which included Frederick, MD) beat out Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Boston and New York in offering the most financially rewarding opportunities.

How I Got Into STEM

Lots of people are good at math, science, or some combination of the two. But does that mean a career in STEM is the right thing for you? If it is, how do you get into the field? A sit-down interview with someone already in the field should give a better idea to those who are contemplating a career in STEM.

10 Best Tech Jobs in America

Find out which tech jobs offer the most job satisfaction, average salaries and growth opportunity, according to data from Glassdoor. Glassdoor recently released its list of the best jobs in America and 10 of the top 25 jobs listed are in the technology sector.

STEM Workforce No More Diverse Than 14 Years Ago

Despite a national focus on directing more students toward science, technology, engineering and math fields – particularly women and minorities – the STEM workforce is no more diverse now than in 2001... "I had hoped that after all these years we would have made more progress, because I see so much activity," said Velma Deleveaux of Booz Allen Hamilton, during the panel discussion. "But at the end of the day, I realize that the way we're attacking this problem, we could actually be a lot more strategic."

15 Cities That Are Hidden Gems for Tech Job Seekers

Maybe it's time to check out some of the country's lesser-known cities with solid salaries and strong tech scenes. Here are 15 cities, from east to west, gleaned from data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics and Robert Half Technology.

STEM Behind-the-Scenes in the Film Industry

Digital platforms and multimedia software, computer-generated special effects and 3D renderings, and advanced video, audio, and lighting technologies explain why STEM skills are highly valued in this non-traditional STEM industry. Get in Media lists dozens of film (and TV) careers in which STEM talent is expected. Here’s a sampling:

CT, IL, NH, TX Budget Proposals Support STEM, Workforce, Research

Governors in Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Texas revealed their budget proposals, with commonalities around STEM education, workforce development, and university research initiatives. Governors in two states, New Hampshire and Texas, made growth in the innovation economy a specific priority area of their proposed budgets.

Many women still hesitant to enter STEM fields

"We’re going the wrong direction," engineer Sheila Boyington said, discussing efforts to get more girls interested in entering STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. "Studies show about 23 percent were going for science and engineering in 2004, and in 2014, it’s down to 18 percent."


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