North Carolina State University graduate Christina Koch blasted off into space on the first ever all female spacewalk on Thursday. She’s just one of the many women who are paving the way for females entering STEM fields, which include working in and the study of science, technology, engineering and math.
Now in its 19th year of publication, ASTRA’s STEM on the Hill™ State STEM Report Cards series illustrates the importance of scientific and engineering research and STEM Education to state and local economies, job growth, innovation, competitiveness, our standard of living and U.S. national security. A variety of measurements, including data from ASTRA, EMSI, the Small Business Technology Council, EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation and key U.S. Government statistical sources provide context to these reports. These metrics help users compare their own state with others.
Data science is a growing and promising field that attracts more and more young talents on a year-to-year basis. The world has accumulated enormous amounts of data that needs to be turned into valuable and actionable information for business, politics, education, and economy. We do not even notice how the world has changed over the last decades. It is completely driven by data that defines which venture will be successful.
Now it is finally occurring to some folks that A) college is not necessarily the best choice for all students and B) the world needs people who do what Mike Rowe always called the jobs "that make civilized life possible for the rest of us." Done well, new studies show, it can boost both academics and wages for students. It might even help solve the mystery of the missing non-college educated male workers. And so Career and Technical Education (CTE) is coming back into its own.
It is no secret that working parents in the United States face hardship. Paid family leave is still rare, the cost of childcare is soaring, school hours don’t line up with the workday, and dual-income households are more required than ever as wages stagnate and the cost of living surges. Working parents are often trapped in what feels like a catch-22: To afford to be a parent, you’ve got to work, but most work requires you to act like you’re not a parent.
The U.S. tech sector added an estimated 7,500 new jobs in February, a positive outcome in light of the generally weak hiring across much of the economy, according to an analysis by CompTIA, the leading technology industry association. Four of the tech sector's five employment categories ended February in positive territory, CompTIA's analysis of today's Bureau of Labor Statistics "Employment Situation" report finds.
Gregory French, graduate assistant for Career Planning and Campus Outreach, said students who go into non-STEM majors may face more challenges than those who pursue STEM careers. He also said he believes the devaluing of liberal and fine arts majors comes from assuming potential salary is the only factor considered when choosing a major.
Low unemployment has made the current economy a “workers’ market.” Yet, as technology advances, roles in the workforce are shifting with it. As artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) progress, they may impact workers currently employed in certain jobs. Some positions may be phased out, while other new professions may open.
It is not just the practical application of our educations that has an impact on our day-to-day lives. The most commonly quoted statistic about the value of higher education is the increased earnings potential of $1 million with a bachelor’s degree over a high school diploma. That is because of the inextricable connection between education after high school and career opportunities.
As the world increasingly relies on advanced technology -- in computing, manufacturing, health care, and more -- science and technology are becoming inextricably linked in the U.S. job market. More and more, the jobs with better pay and job security are in STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and math -- fields.