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Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be A Dirty Word For Today’s STEM Talent

Thanks to massive advancements in automation technology and analytics software, the American manufacturing industry of today is a far cry from the assembly lines and manual labor of the past. Manufacturing in the 21st century is a high-tech fusion of software and mechanical engineering, automated processes and complex production equipment, 3D CAD models and on-demand parts. The fortunate result of this modern-day industrial revolution is an expanding demand for highly skilled STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-related positions.

Investing in America’s Future through R&D, Innovation, and STEM Education: The President’s FY 2016 Budget

The Budget provides $67 billion for basic and applied research (the “R” in R&D), a $2 billion increase from 2015 enacted levels. The Budget increases total funding for three key basic research agencies (the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories) by $0.7 billion over the 2015 level to $13.8 billion. The Budget provides $31.3 billion to support research at the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $1 billion over 2015 enacted. The Budget also supports increases for basic research at other Federal science agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

5 Best and 5 Worst Places to Work

While the IT industry enjoys an unemployment rate that's half that of the general workforce, not all IT companies are created equal. Sure, it might be easier to land a high-paying job in IT if you've got the skills, but what about culture, benefits and other perks?

Lawmakers launch tech diversity caucus

Members of both chambers of Congress on Monday launched a bipartisan caucus aimed at getting more women, minorities and veterans into the tech sector. The eight leaders of the new Diversifying Technology Caucus said that the effort will work with the startup advocacy group Engine to push for greater inclusiveness and diversity in the industry, which has been criticized for being overly male, white and Asian-American.

Measure could accelerate offshoring of U.S. jobs, critics argue

IEEE-USA said the legislation, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday, will "help destroy" the U.S. tech workforce with guest workers. Other critics, including Ron Hira, a professor of public policy at Howard University and a leading researcher on the issue, said the bill gives the tech industry "a huge increase in the supply of lower-cost foreign guest workers so they can undercut and replace American workers."

Disciplines That Expect Brilliance Tend to Punish Women, Study Finds

The study’s authors suggested several reasons women could be underrepresented in fields that value raw talent. There could be bias, often unconscious, among the discipline’s practitioners. Women might also self-select out of those fields, either because they have internalized the stereotype that they are not as innately talented as men or because they anticipate a difficult work atmosphere in which they constantly must prove their worth.

Some criticize STEM education for not offering best ‘employability’

Some are asking whether STEM degrees have a “shelf-life,” or if technical skills lose their relevance over time after graduation. Others worry that older STEM workers are at risk of being forced out of their jobs by younger workers with more up-to-date skills. “Technical degrees – yeah, they change – but hopefully you’ll be a part of that change,” Hanson said. “You should be learning as you’re innovating.”

2015′s Best and Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

Given such high demand, STEM careers are currently some of the most lucrative in the country, earning higher salaries and facing lower threats of unemployment compared with non-STEM workers. In fact, the annual average wage for all STEM jobs was $79,640 in 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this past April. That’s 71 percent more than the national annual average wage of $46,440 for all jobs.

U.S. senators seek bill to spur hiring of foreign high-tech workers

Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for high-tech firms in the United States to hire more foreign specialists in science, technology and engineering.

U.S. News and World Report - The Best Jobs of 2015

The top 10 list includes seven health care jobs, with a handful of technology occupations sprinkled in.

The Best College Majors for Business Success: STEM

STEM advocates argue that the rigor of a STEM education better prepares students for the skills that are most in demand in a modern economy. Still, sometimes students resist this, thinking that with a STEM education they will be "locked into" a job in a laboratory, without the opportunity to advance into broader endeavors.

Few minorities in non-tech jobs in Silicon Valley, USA TODAY finds

A broad range of interviews and reports by USA TODAY in the recent months show that Silicon Valley companies tend to be built through the professional and social networks of employees, perpetuating the status quo. Hiring managers and executives have begun casting a wider net to broaden diversity and are training employees how to combat unconscious bias.

Federal workforce 2014: Hiring millennials and closing the STEM skills gap

The big question facing the federal workforce in 2014 was one that persists year after year: How does government compete with the perk-filled, high-salary private sector for the innovative minds starting their careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields?

As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items to people’s rooms. Last spring, a software algorithm wrote a breaking news article about an earthquake that The Los Angeles Times published.

Keystone XL oil pipeline up first in GOP Senate

Incoming Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the first order of business in the next Congress will be to approve a controversial oil pipeline. "We'll be starting next year with a job-creating bill that enjoys significant bipartisan support," McConnell told reporters, "First item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline."

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