In February 2015, the Brookings Institution released the report, "America's Advanced Industries: What they are, where they are, and why they matter." The authors of the report identified 50 industries that constitute the advanced industries sector, of which 35 are related to manufacturing, 12 to services and three to energy. The report states, "As of 2013, the nation’s 50 advanced industries…employed 12.3 million U.S. workers. That amounts to about 9% of total U.S. employment.
For many people in the U.S. tech community, efforts to help reshape education policy to eventually build a high-skilled workforce was once considered a long-term project. Changing the nation’s immigration policies to allow more high-skilled foreign workers into the country, on the other hand, was seen as a bridge to tomorrow’s workforce that could yield almost immediate results.
The government and private industry should be doing more to prepare the American workforce for a technology-based future, according to panelists at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) event on Wednesday in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention.
Throughout 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) has been examining initiatives to identify and attempt to rectify a perceived lack of diversity in the workplace. The EEOC has, in particular, identified the technology industry as an area where significant strides can be made to create a more diverse workforce.
New, robust partnerships between the public and private sectors are needed today to attract and educate the young scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians for tomorrow. A stem is the main trunk of a plant, and STEM -- short for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- is the main trunk of our economy. A plant that gets too little water will fail to grow. Unfortunately, that’s also what’s happening to STEM education in our country today.
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte visited Hypertherm Inc.'s newest facility in Lebanon. She met with Hypertherm's leadership team and discussed the company's apprenticeship program with River Valley Community College. In the Senate, Ayotte has focused on introducing legislation to spur partnerships between local businesses and their surrounding communities to better prepare students for the workforce and good-paying jobs in New Hampshire.
Although artificial intelligence has become commonplace -- most smartphones contain some version of AI, such as speech recognition -- the public still has a poor understanding of the technology. As a result, a diverse cast of critics, driven by fear of technology, opportunism, or ignorance, has jumped into the intellectual vacuum to warn policymakers that, sooner than we think, AI will produce a parade of horrible outcomes.
WASHINGTON (18 July 2016) -- The choir is growing louder and a few members of Congress are listening.
“Politicians can no longer pretend that the H-1B visa isn’t costing Americans their jobs,” IEEE-USA President Pete Eckstein said. “U.S citizens in every state have lost their jobs to this program and will continue doing so until legislators in Washington stop pretending it isn’t happening.”
While every state is directly affected by the software industry, here are the top 10 states where software's having the greatest impact based on direct contribution to GDP, direct number of software jobs created and total number of software, software-related and software-adjacent jobs created.