Verizon has launched a new campaign, #WeNeedMore to shed light on the four million science and tech jobs that currently remain unfulfilled. In it, celebrities--including NFL quarterback Drew Brees, NBA rising star Karl-Anthony Towns, actress and singer Zendaya, NASCAR driver Joey Logano, and international soccer star David Villa--all make the case for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
The number of industrial robots sold in the U.S. will jump nearly 300 percent in less than a decade, according to a projection from ABI Research. Already, 40 percent more robots were sold last year in the U.S., compared with four years prior, says data collected from the Robotic Industries Association.
President Trump has yet to unveil a significant revamp of H-1Bs, but over the last few days, his administration has started to make changes. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Friday that entry-level computer programming jobs would no longer automatically qualify as a “specialty occupation,” which is a basic requirement for receiving an H-1B work visa.
Students and their families spend thousands of dollars on a college education to acquire knowledge and skills they will need for the workforce. However, most of them do not graduate with the skills today's business executives are looking for.
Unfortunately for the U.S., while America is a big user of robotics it's well behind in the field of robots for industrial manufacturing and stands to lose out on the billions of dollars in purchases of robotics in the years ahead. Japan's Fanuc Corp. is the world's largest industrial-robot producer. Germany-based Kuka is another major player. Last year, China's appliance giant Midea Group snapped up a majority stake in Kuka.
No one knows what the Trump administration will do about the H-1B visa program. Certainly it is in need of reform. Just as certainly, though, it needs to be retained. Visa holders admitted to the U.S. under an H-1B visa program with the right controls very much represent the type of immigration the U.S. should be encouraging.
The Keeping American Jobs Act was brought back into the fray by Derek Kilmer (Democrat) and Doug Collins (Republican) that aims to prevent companies from making their existing American workers train H-1B tech workers in the country before permanently moving those jobs overseas, a process popularly known as “offshoring”.
For the third year in a row, Washington, D.C., came out on top -- proving to have one of the smallest gender pay gaps in the country. The capitol city also has a relatively large percentage of female employees in tech, at about 41%. Though the study didn't delve into the reasons that D.C.
Although Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week he's "not at all" worried about mass unemployment as the U.S. becomes more technologically advanced, a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates hundreds of thousands of jobs have been sidelined by automation in the U.S. in recent decades.