In at least one corner of Appalachia, good mid-level energy-sector jobs are available, thanks to an ongoing natural-gas boom and steady declines in the region's working-age population. But it remains to be seen whether the area's schools can produce enough workers with the science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds that employers are looking for, according to a new RAND Corporation report examining the STEM labor-force pipeline in a 27-county region spanning Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The Huntersville Republican made the remarks last week to Indian-Americans attending a Washington event organized by the US-India Friendship Council and US-India Business Council, according to reports by Indian news outlets that were confirmed by Tillis’ office. Tillis said he wanted Americans to have the first opportunity to get high-skilled jobs but that there aren’t enough to meet demand.
“The lack of women in technology roles really starts in education,” said Crystal Valentine, vice president of technology strategy at MapR Technologies. “It starts at the time when students are starting to think about their careers, primarily at the college level when they start to declare majors.”
Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are pushing for the federal government to start measuring the impact of broadband on the economy. The two co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require the Bureau of Economic Analysis to study the economic effects of broadband deployment and adoption.
In addition to a shortage of the hard tech skills - such as computer programming or web design - the research discovered a broader concern among employers over the lack of applied tech skills. Applied tech skills refer to individuals understanding how to use technology for the benefit of an organization. In fact, 77 percent of respondents said a company’s competitive advantage lies in using applied tech skills to solve problems, and they desire a workforce well-equipped with the proper skills to do so.
In a 2016 study, we looked at the LinkedIn profiles of millions of women skilled in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math to get a better understanding of their career paths and movement in the field. The results highlighted a challenge that many companies face: women in STEM roles are particularly hard to find and even tougher to keep.
U.S. immigration authorities suspended a program last Friday that expedited visas for skilled workers - a darling class of workers in the tech community. Despite stoking tension in tech companies, it's a relatively routine decision that's happened under administrations past. But it is missing one key piece of information - a timeline - and that could impact businesses.
With IT industry unemployment hovering at around 2.8 percent (as of Q3 2016) and organizations struggling to land talent, many companies find themselves with unfilled jobs. That's a problem not just for individual companies, but for the U.S. economy as a whole, says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor.
“It’s unacceptable that we have so many American women who have these degrees but yet are not being employed in these fields, so I think that’s going to change, and it’s going to change very rapidly. Protecting women with STEM degrees and all Americans with STEM degrees - very important, but it also means you have to crackdown on offshoring, because the offshoring is a tremendous problem that displaces many of our American workers and brains, the brain power,” he said.
While companies based in the United States still dominate chip sales worldwide, only about 13 percent of the world’s chip manufacturing capacity was in this country in 2015, down from 30 percent in 1990, according to government data. Chip makers attribute the decline to a variety of forces, including high American tax rates and the hefty subsidies offered by foreign governments for new semiconductor plants, which can cost as much as $10 billion.