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Freelancer.com Fast 50 reveals a rise in data and engineering jobs as the Internet of Things takes off

"This quarter's Fast 50 confirms what I and many other industry leaders have known for years - the developed world has a STEM shortage, and our education systems are often years behind the cutting edge. We risk making our University system irrelevant in a world that is increasingly adopting online education platforms like Khan Academy, Udacity and Coursera. Faced with a lack of local technical talent, small businesses and startups are increasingly turning to platforms like Freelancer.com to find STEM workers."

Technology, skills moving auto industry forward and creating jobs

Grimy shop floors with man-powered assembly lines have given way to clean, high-tech centers where robots and Google Glass headsets are as common as air wrenches. And as innovation allows manufacturing to integrate technology, the skills needed to work in the industry are changing, too.

The Job Prospects for Ph.D.s Are Not That Bad

For all the hand-wringing about the lack of candidates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Jordan Weissmann now reports that often STEM Ph.D.s can’t find good jobs after graduation.

How many companies replace workers with tech?

According to a new national survey by job-search site CareerBuilder, more than 20 percent of companies say they have "deskilled" workers, meaning replaced them with new technologies. That number rises to 30 percent when looking at companies with more than 500 employees.

Top 10 highest paying college majors

It is no surprise that this top 10 list is heavily populated with STEM degrees, as they are continuously in demand. You should also note that not every university will provide you with degrees of equal value. Some schools graduate students who end up making much more in starting and midcareer pay than their peers at other universities.

How to diversify STEM workforce?

Are complaints about a lack of qualified Americans to fill science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs misplaced? According to recent Census Bureau data (which shows that only one in four STEM degree holders is in a STEM job) and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, whose Rainbow PUSH Coalition is spearheading an initiative to get more qualified minorities into Silicon Valley, they certainly are.

Is STEM Vital to Filling Manufacturing Jobs?

With hundreds of thousands of industry positions unfilled despite an elevated unemployment rate, a new model is needed to power the manufacturing sector of the future.

It takes a village to raise STEM talent

Experts say it’s up to the community -- businesses, colleges, high schools, parents, even politicians -- to stop the bleeding of STEM talent. It’s their collective job to own these kids and make sure youth get on the STEM path and stay there. And stay here after they graduate.

Hacking contests ID cyber talent for government, industry

Enter cyber competitions: Contests for aspiring cybersecurity warriors to show their mettle in real hacking challenges, where they can both practice their skills in a legally safe environment and appeal to recruiters that sometimes will hire the top talent on the spot.

CyberPatriot Having Big Impact on STEM Education and Career Choices, Data Shows

The Air Force Association's CyberPatriot Program Office released today results of its first comprehensive survey assessing current education and career pursuits of past participants of AFA's CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program.

Can We Have Too Many STEM Workers?

Anyone who cares about the U.S. students studying for STEM degrees has to be shocked and alarmed that already, one-third to one-half of new IT jobs are filled by guestworkers. What will happen if industry gets its way and the number of H-1B workers from abroad doubles or triples, while other temporary and permanent visa categories are also expanded to appease tech companies?

The key to more women in technology? Men.

I’ve read much, and listened to many debate the reasons why we don’t see more women in the technology field. The solution is likely multivariate, yet I feel there is one key theme that isn’t getting the attention it should. Namely, men need to take responsibility to create a culture of inclusion for women in the tech space.

Hype over Census Bureau STEM report is overblown

The Census Bureau defines STEM professions as engineers, mathematicians and statisticians, computer workers and scientists. Quite bizarrely, it leaves out doctors, business executives and financiers, and science and math instructors -- professions that are embedded deeply in math and science. Yet it defines STEM majors broadly, including social sciences and psychology.

STEM education the key to success

It goes without saying that this new emphasis on technology means America now needs more qualified STEM professionals than ever, to push our economic growth forward and to create jobs for millions of others. According to data from the Department of Labor, 20 percent of all jobs in the United States in 2011 required STEM knowledge and qualifications.

Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

The administration said in 2013 that it hopes to eventually establish a network of 45 institutes across the U.S., up from its original goal of 15. Germany’s Fraunhofer Society, a similar network of 67 institutes, is a partial model for the U.S. initiative.

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