As our society becomes more technology focused, it is important to help our kids remain competitive and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. STEM education is more than just a new education fad. There are many benefits to pursuing these fields of study. Below are the top four...
Boeing Co said on Feb. 26th that it is considering layoffs of airplane engineers, a plan that it said may cause it to reorganize or consolidate its engineering teams, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. Boeing said in a memo to employees that the company is deciding whether to make voluntary layoffs available to those workers, according to the document.
While there are certainly differences between the heavy equipment and manufacturing industries, there are similarities between the natures of the skills gap affecting their workforces. These connections between the experiences provide a broader context for the challenges facing businesses due to the shortage of technical workers.
When's a good time to start mentoring youth for their futures and to get them interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM? Right now, said Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander of U.S. Army Materiel Command. Via was among the 140 senior-level military officers from across the U.S. armed forces, civilian senior executive service professionals, and others, who took part in a Feb. 19 series of STEM-themed mentoring sessions in Philadelphia for high school-aged youth.
The American Competitiveness Alliance (ACAlliance), a coalition of organizations dedicated to advancing common-sense immigration policies, today released a national survey highlighting the increasing challenges businesses face when recruiting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and IT professionals, including scarcity of talent, climbing administrative and regulatory costs, and constricting wage pressures.
The early 20th-century German-language writer Franz Kafka once observed: “Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.” In today’s high-tech economy and workforce, Kafka’s statement could well be said of a STEM education. Even occupations not ordinarily thought of as requiring a background in science, technology, engineering and math -- and the kind of problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork-oriented skills inherent in it -- are increasingly in need of them.
During the State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama said America should be “offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one.” The president has likely heard what many manufacturing companies say: We need students prepared with the certifications and skills to be productive upon graduation.
At the Chevron Richmond Refinery on Wednesday, the executive director of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) announced a bold goal for the near future: To create 10,000 black engineers in the U.S. annually, along with 40,000 engineers from other minority groups, to help the U.S. meet the growing demand for jobs in our rapidly advancing society.
STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020.
More African Americans have access to college, but few of them end up earning tech and science degrees. According to the Georgetown study, which was released Tuesday, black students tend to cluster in fields like social work that lead to lower-paying careers. For example, 20 percent of degree holders in human services and community organizing are black, and earn a median salary of about $40,000 per year. By contrast, only 7 percent of those who receive STEM-related bachelor's degrees and earn a median annual salary of $84,000 are black.