It has become an article of faith that workers today are experiencing almost unprecedented levels of labor-market disruption and insecurity: Robots are automating factory jobs, kicking lunch-pail workers into the unemployment line. Taxi drivers are being displaced by Uber. Artificial intelligence is even taking over some of the tasks that lawyers and doctors used to do.
Since 2010, there has been a 59 percent leap in jobs for software application developers -- and a 15 percent jump in pay, to an average $102,300 last year -- according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accounts of tech engineers earning more than pro athletes keep making headlines. So why aren’t more U.S. college students majoring in computer science?
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 70 percent of respondents (tech industry experts and higher education thought leaders alike) say that new educational and training programs will need to emerge to successfully prepare large numbers of employees for the new skills they’ll need.
America’s pharmaceutical industry, a $333 billion business employing 854,000 people, is predicting a huge shortage of skilled employees over the next eight years - a deficit blamed in part on a lack of high-quality STEM education in U.S. K-12 schools.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a giant report on how information technology is influencing the US workforce. I recommend it to anyone interested in job creation, labor-force participation, economic growth, and/or technology. It’s chock-full of interesting findings and ideas for future research.
The invasion of enterprise technology into the telecom sector will likely bring with it greater gender diversity. There are more women in enterprise IT than in the telecom industry, and as the two worlds collide, there's hope that workers of the female persuasion will also start filtering into telecom.
Introduced by Congressmen Erik Paulsen and Mike Quigley, the Stopping Trained in America PhDs from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, is likely to benefit Indians given that they constitute the largest number of students doing PhD in the US.
The reality to be confronted is that educators -- and I include myself here -- are not yet developing the workforce needed to fill our country's STEM needs today or in the future. As a result, our graduates are not prepared to grasp the many STEM opportunities available to them.
“Most good middle-class jobs today -- the ones that cannot be outsourced, automated, roboticized, or digitized -- are likely to be what I would call stempathy jobs,” writes Thomas L. Friedman in his book Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in a World of Accelerations. “These are jobs that require and reward the ability to leverage technical and interpersonal skills...
How can CIOs and businesses help pitch in to train tomorrow's tech leaders? Are today's hiring managers simply too selective, chasing unicorn candidates that don’t exist? How can companies brand themselves as great places to work?