What does a discussion among women engineers sound like in U.S. Southeast? The South is not a region identified as a hub of STEM careers for women, but the massive influx of international manufacturers and their vendors has rapidly changed the landscape.
It is becoming increasingly clear that business and industry must share the responsibility for educating and training the future workforce. Chevron and Lockheed Martin, two of the world's leading employers of scientists and engineers, have invested millions of dollars into STEM education across the U.S., funding Project Lead The Way (PLTW) programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
The 10 jobs, which are declining for various reasons, are letter carriers, farmers, meter readers, news reporters, travel agents, lumberjacks, flight attendants, drill press operators, printers and tax examiners/collectors.
Students with a background in STEM courses have the opportunity in the Navy to work with some of the most awe-inspiring ships, submarines, aircraft and communications systems, develop unmanned vehicles and robotics that keep people out of harm’s way, and pioneer advances in everything from nuclear propulsion to biofuels or medical research. A STEM-related career in the Navy provides almost limitless possibilities for leadership and relevant experience.
The median duration of advertising for a STEM vacancy is more than twice as long as for a non-STEM vacancy. For STEM openings requiring a Ph.D. or other professional degree, advertisements last an average of 50 days, compared to 33 days for all non-STEM vacancies.
Within the past few months, several indices have been released that attempt to rank states based on their entrepreneurial activity. From the perspective of economic development agencies, these indices are particularly helpful in assessing where each state stands according to the numerous ways to measure entrepreneurship.
In a first-of-its-kind study, Brookings Institution scholar Jonathan Rothwell finds that the science, technology, engineering and math labor market suffers from a very particular kind of skills gap. It’s not just that there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill the jobs; it’s that the skills workers have aren’t specific enough.
It appears we have an overabundance of STEM graduates who are not finding jobs related to their degrees. However, when you look closer, you understand why industry is screaming for more STEM graduates while some STEM graduates cannot find work in their field.
New technologies like robotics and 3-D printers will affect 640 million manufacturing jobs – approximately 24 percent of the global workforce, McKinsey reports. The efficiency from new technologies will be a mixed blessing, saving $1.2 trillion in the manufacturing sector and $3 trillion in the medical, retail, logistics and personal service sectors by 2025, McKinsey reports.
STEM knowledge and skills are not just important for mathematicians and scientists, but span a wide variety of career paths from manufacturing to microeconomics. With technology influencing almost every part of daily life, the workplace increasingly needs STEM skilled workers equipped with the knowledge and tools to function in the global environment.
While all of the efforts channeled towards getting girls to study science, technology, engineering and math have certainly increased graduation rates in these programs, they haven't seemed to counter one particular setback for women in engineering: Once they make it into the field, they often leave.
One recent study by academics at Oxford University suggests that 47 percent of jobs in the U.S. could be automated over the next two decades. We don’t have much time. As history suggests, destructive innovation is moving at a greater velocity than creative innovation in dealing with its human consequences.
If we really are in a war for talent, then leaving women out of the equation is a great recipe for annihilation. Leaders in the tech sector objectively know this. As do leaders in manufacturing, construction, transportation, and just about any other business sector you can think of.
“The decoupling of innovation from manufacturing,” as described by Harvard Professor Venky Narayanamurti, where “Americans brought great ideas to light, but then left the execution – manufacturing, and jobs -- to others” has left the United States in a job crunch throughout the supply chain. In recent years, however, U.S. companies are increasingly moving their manufacturing stateside.
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