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Learning Programming Is A Long-Term Investment
By: CareerCast.com
It's safe to say that many people's New Year's resolutions include "learn programming." If you're one of them, what are your odds of succeeding? Not very high. According to SkilledUp, a curator of information about online classes and boot camps related to programming, only 5% of people make it all the way through an online programming course, although 10% complete it if they pay for it. It gets worse. Experts say that even if you complete an online coding class, you're still not close to being prepared for a job in the industry. "The myth that anyone can wake up ... more
Robotics Growing In The Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) expects new installations of industrial robots to reach 200,000 units in 2014, and grow 12 percent annually between 2015 and 2017. That would boost the world’s industrial robot population to more than 2 million in 2017. In 2013, the latest year for which the organization has complete data, sales of industrial robots rose 12 percent, to 178,132 units worth $9.5 billion. IFR’s data comes from projections of its members, the world’s top robot manufacturers. The data include robots, but not peripherals (grippers, welders, cameras, and the like), software, and systems engineering. Those installed costs, ... more
Age And Wisdom In The IT Industry
By: CareerCast.com
Prejudice against older programmers is wrong, but new research suggests it's also inaccurate. A dandy natural experiment to test the technical chops of the old against the young has been conducted—or discovered—by two computer scientists at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. Professor Emerson Murphy-Hill and Ph.D. student Patrick Morrison went to Stack Overflow, a Web site where programmers answer questions and get rated by the audience. It turned out that ratings rose with contributors' age, at least into the 40s (beyond that the data were sparse). The range of topics handled also rose with range (though, strangely, after dipping ... more
Eight Hot Tech Jobs in 2014
By: CareerCast.com
If there's one job market that isn't slowing down, it's tech. As legacy companies continue to digitize and exciting new startups pop up everywhere, we're encountering an increased demand for qualified tech professionals. According to a recent survey from recruiting company Robert Half Technology, 16% of chief information officers plan to expand their teams in the first half of 2014. That means right now employers are looking to fill positions for software engineers, mobile developers and IT managers — a few of the hottest tech jobs this year. CONTINUE READING AT MASHABLE.COMmore
The Best Places for IT Workers in America
By: CareerCast.com
Looking for a great place to find your next job? Move to Texas. A new WalletHub study finds Houston and Austin to be the two top metro areas in the United States for those with science, technology, engineering and math careers. The Raleigh, NC, Denver, CO and Omaha, NE metro areas round out the top five on the list. For the study, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country. It looked at 11 key metrics including job openings per capita for STEM graduates, percentage of all workers in STEM occupations, STEM employment growth, and annual median wage ... more
Steps To Stand Out In The Engineering Job Market
By: CareerCast.com
There’s a lot of talent out there on the job market. To compete, you need to clarify what you offer that sets you apart from the crowd. And as “Managing Brand You” notes, the word brand no longer applies only to dishwasher liquids, frozen foods, and the world of inanimate products; it’s about what you need to create to boost your odds of success: Brand You. There’s a great deal of advice on offer, and an abundance of candidates for every job. To stand out with your brand, here are some basic steps: • Write a quick introduction to your ... more
Engineering Degrees Lead For Graduates Entering The Workforce
By: CareerCast.com
As a new class of college graduates enter the workforce, engineering proves to be a winner. "Engineering, overall, is always near the top in terms of demand," University of Tulsa director of career service Shelly Holly says. "And, right now MIS (Management Information Systems) is an area where there's just not enough grads for all the jobs." Even liberal arts majors may not go looking too long, she says. "That doesn't mean history majors will find jobs in a history-related field, but they will probably get hired," Holly says. Despite the slow economy, some of this year's four-year grads can ... more
Tech Engineering Careers Are Abundant In Automobile Industry
By: CareerCast.com
Timing is everything. Five years ago this month, I drafted an article for IEEE Spectrum on the need for thousands of new engineers in the U.S. auto industry, as many of its white-collar employees approached retirement. Then the industry went off a cliff. Years of mismanagement and the severe impact of the Great Recession led to the 2009 bankruptcy and federally backed restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. The article never ran. Yet the main point remains valid: More than one in three U.S. auto-industry engineers in 2008 were baby boomers, and during the economic crisis, many of those engineers ... more
Computer Programming Languages To Know
By: CareerCast.com
If you're a programmer, these are good times. Jobs in the segment are projected to grow 8% over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're a hotshot coder, you can make up to $300 an hour or more. Those at the high end of the pay scale have mastered the languages that are most in demand. Which are those? We asked Doug Winnie, director of content for online learning platform Lynda. Here's his assessment: CONTINUE READING AT MASHABLEmore
Finding The Right Software Engineer (Or Right Software Engineer Job)
By: CareerCast.com
Software engineers are the most in-demand employees in the technology industry and, arguably, anywhere in the working world. The CareerCast IT Network jobs database has more than 1,600 listings for software engineers at present, and with good reason: There are simply not enough of them to go around. From senior iOS engineers to Python full-stack generalists, software engineers generally have their pick of the available positions. Where better-funded and more established companies can afford a trial-and-error period with software engineers, startups need to make the right decision the first time around. And while there is no exact science to luring ... more