Closing the Skills Gap in Automation: A Call for Action

Manufacturers are adopting more automation than ever before. For many, it’s no longer a question of whether to automate, only when and to what extent. With wages offshore rising, robot prices down and performance up, robot sales are at an all all-time high. Meanwhile, an aging workforce moves closer to retirement. Misconceptions of manufacturing as crude and demoralizing persist. Women and other minorities are still underrepresented. The skills gap is growing. Demand for automation talent outweighs supply.

Gender bias in US research funding investigated

At the request of three Congresswomen the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has launched an investigation into whether gender bias is influencing the awarding of research grants, which would be illegal under US law.There is evidence of gender disparity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) research at US universities and 4 year colleges – women hold only 35% of all tenured and tenure-track positions and 17% of full professor positions in Stem fields.

Non-STEM Fields Increasingly Require STEM Skills

“We’re observing that this term that we use, ‘STEM workforce,’ is really a nebulous term. It lacks any kind of consensus definition,” Dan Arvizu, chairman of the National Science Board and director and chief executive at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said in a conference call Tuesday. “As science and technology have kind of permeated all corners of our economy, the distinctions between STEM and non-STEM jobs in the workplace are beginning to blur.” Download report here.

The Companies Hiring The Most Tech Talent Right Now

At the top of the list is aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin, with nearly 2,000 job openings currently posted, including Instructional Systems Designer, Aeronautical Engineer, and Network Data Communications Analyst. In second place is online marketplace Amazon, which is currently seeking a Design Technologist, Operations Manager, and Embedded Software Development Engineer.

Why America Has a Shortage of Skilled Workers

It has been at least 25 years since the alarm was sounded on skills shortages in manufacturing and the threat of retiring baby boomers. Just about everyone who follows manufacturing has known about this problem for a long time. So the question is: Why didn’t we invest in advanced skill training before it became a serious problem? The answer is money and the avoidance of training investment.

Baltimore's tech talent growth outpaces most other cities

Baltimore may not have the startup mecca reputation of Silicon Valley or Boston, but it is one of the fastest growing tech talent markets. The city’s tech talent pool grew by 42 percent between 2010 and 2013, making Baltimore one of the fastest growing tech talent markets in the country, according to a new report by CBRE, a commercial real estate brokerage.

Could Vocational Education Be the Answer to Failing High Schools?

For years, vocational education was dismissed as a path into blue-collar jobs for students who weren't going to college. But as career-training programs have become more diverse, and educators have acknowledged the benefit of practical skills-training for a wider variety of students, perceptions of vocational education are changing. Now policymakers are pointing to vocational training as a cure for what ails many American high schools.

IU to lead first-ever investigation into subtle cues' influence on women's success in STEM

$2.2 million study to explore how signals in the physical environment shape persistence and performance - The National Science Foundation wants to identify obstacles that keep women from entering and remaining in STEM careers, and Indiana University's Mary C. Murphy is working to reveal a previously hidden factor that may be preventing advancement in these fields.

Why Are These 3 STEM Fields Dominated By Women?

Three STEM fields that are disproportionately female can teach other industries about how to boost the ranks to include more women. In the workforce, where women make up 47% of employees, they only represent a quarter of the jobs in mathematical sciences and 13% of engineers. There are a few bright spots. Statistics, botany, and healthcare are three areas where women dominate. We asked leaders in these fields to tell us why women lead the pack, and what they can teach others about achieving a better balance.

Why Solving Poverty through "Higher Education" Is a Mistake

These are jobs that can pay decently and that go begging. For example, according to Deloitte, there will be 2 million manufacturing jobs that go wanting over the next decade. The reason? Companies can’t find people with the skills needed to work in new high-tech factories and to run equipment. Then there are occupations like electricians, plumbers, and robotics technicians that don’t have enough workers because kids are taught to be interested in only a handful of more glamorous or socially-acceptable occupations.

Budding Scientific Entrepreneur Offers STEM Advice To Girls

Some say girls are deterred by an "implicit bias" that leads us to see science and math as "male" fields. Others point to research showing gender discrimination against women who apply for STEM jobs. Sara Sakowitz, a 19-year-old freshman biomedical engineering major at Columbia University and a budding entrepreneur, has her own strong views on the matter.

Obama touts ambitious solar jobs initiative in conservative Utah

Obama made his first visit to Utah as he pushed his argument to increase federal spending levels in next year’s budget in the face of GOP opposition on Capitol Hill. The president visited a field of solar panels here as the Department of Energy announced it will seek to train 75,000 people — including veterans — to enter the solar workforce by 2020, increasing the goal it set in May 2014 by 25,000 workers.

Number of Women in STEM Jobs Declines

Even if more young women are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the number of women actually in STEM jobs is on the decline, a new report by the American Association of University of Women finds. Only 12 out of 100 computer scientists are women, the report reveals. The AAUW report titled “Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing” explains that the number of women in computing has taken a nosedive from 35 percent in 1990 to only 26 percent today.

Demand to fill cybersecurity jobs booming

As the number and sophistication of cyberattacks increase, so does the demand for people who can prevent such digital incursions. More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years, according to a Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The demand for positions like information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018.

Pentagon S&T Workforce - Smaller Older

The United States has seen its technological edge erode as other nations caught up while the U.S. was preoccupied with counter-insurgency. Of equal concern to Alan Shaffer, the Pentagon's principal deputy assistant secretary for research and engineering, is that "the DoD has lost 10,000 scientists and engineers since 2011." Also, beginning in 2013, the average age of DoD S&Es started to climb. See his and other R&D officials testimony.

Source: Department of Defense congressional testimony.


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