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Improve The Tech Job Market By Improving Tech Education
By: CareerCast.com
To stay competitive as a nation, the U.S. needs more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals who can be the next generation of scientists that creates new, innovative technologies and solves world problems. It is hard to be an international leader, however, when U.S. K-12 students have poor STEM performance and a decreasing interest in STEM careers. As reported by the Pew Research Center, testing of 15-year-olds in dozens of countries placed the U.S. 35th out of 64 countries in math and 27th in science. In addition, fewer students are entering STEM fields, especially engineering. According to the National ... more
IT Careers Need STEM Students To Stay On Track
By: CareerCast.com
U.S. companies simply cannot find enough new high-tech college grads to fill their job openings. In response, many universities are recruiting students into degree programs in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as the STEM disciplines. However, research has found that undergraduates pursuing degrees are failing to complete them at an alarming rate. Todd R. and Ralph Stinebrickner of the University of Western Ontario published a study last month for the National Bureau of Economic Research chronicling the experiences of 655 students at Berea College throughout their tenure. Their research found that more students who began pursuing STEM degrees ... more
Get Ahead As A Mobile Designer
By: CareerCast.com
Mobile is here to stay, with its own set of rules and constraints. At the same time, it’s a rapidly evolving platform, with new technologies and capabilities being added by the quarter. We can’t design for mobile like we used to do for posters and Web pages. So what toolkit and mindset does a mobile designer need to thrive? Challenges and Constraints Every medium has its limitations. Even mobile—one of the richest canvases a designer can dream of—still has particularities that need to be addressed: Device fragmentation There are countless smartphone and tablet models out there, each one with a ... more
Taking Engineering Cues From Life Science
By: CareerCast.com
In the famous case of Dr. Frankenstein, his reanimated creature ran afoul of the villagers because it had difficulty adjusting to its new environment. It’s a lesson not lost on the latest team of researchers hoping to create new life forms in the laboratory. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing living/nonliving hybrid materials specifically designed to adapt. MIT assistant professor Timothy Lu said the team’s mash-up of living and nonliving materials could create exciting new options for solar cells, medical diagnostics, waste management systems, and more. Lu’s colleagues have developed bacterial cells that express biofilms that incorporate ... more
Interview Tips For A Top Technology Job
By: CareerCast.com
If you’re planning to look for a new job this year, you’re not alone. Which might leave you wondering: How, exactly, does one get noticed in a crowded, motivated pool of applicants? Sure, you can read the job description, but how can you know what hiring managers are really looking for? Which applicants stand out from a stack of resumes? Which sail through the interview process? And — most importantly — how can you be one of those successful candidates? We figured the best way to find out would be go to the source itself, so we sat down with ... more
Database Administrator Shines in Current Economy
By: CareerCast.com
Employment growth in the IT industry is running ahead of the national curve, and the greatest beneficiary seems to be database administrators (DBAs), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employment rates for careers in the IT field tend to run from 3% to-6% below the national average. Database administrators have the lowest IT unemployment rate at 1.5%, while programmers have the highest at 4.6%. The BLS estimates a long-term positive employment outlook for DBAs, with projected growth of 31% by 2020, and a healthy median salary of $73,490. “Rapid growth in data collection by businesses, as well ... more
Cloud Technology Is Not One Size Fits All
By: CareerCast.com
The promise of the cloud is simple: You have all of your stuff — your photos, your documents, and even preferences for apps — available anywhere, anytime, from any device. You don't think about this. You just know it's up there, in that metaphorical "cloud" (really, a bunch of data centers accessible via the internet). If you want to show a friend a snapshot from 10 years ago, you've got it right there on your phone or computer. You want to retrieve a Word document? Yes, you can edit it right on your tablet. Your notes, your playlists and your ... more
Projecting Technological Changes To Society In The Next 50 Years
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Inspired by the 1964 Worlds Fair expo, which brought together leaders in science and technology to project everything from the jobs market to daily life 50 years in the future, IEEE examines how technology could shape the landscape by 2064. Eight possible advances could change how we work, communicate and live. CONTINUE READING AT IEEE.ORGmore
Teaching The Past, Building The Future
By: CareerCast.com
What is the history of engineering about? The “eureka” moments of unusual men and women Groups, tribes, and gangs of creative geeks Robust, durable, and adaptive institutions All of the above Much time is spent on debating how best to approach the history of engineers and engineering. The stakes are high: Those who define the story of the past inevitably influence the present and the future. Yet telling the story of bygone engineers is difficult because the answer to the above question often says more about who gives the quiz than who takes it. READ MORE AT IEEEmore
Getting Ahead on Technological Updates in the Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
Tech breakthroughs are making our lives easier — both in and out of the office. Ever-improving Apple continues to launch new versions of the iPhone. Wearable tech now employs apps to tell us what stresses us out and what makes us happy. And thanks to technology, more companies are offering telecommuting options to employees, according to a recent SHRM study. Yet, amid all these improvements, only a meager 27% of American employees have access to the latest technology in the workplace, according to Oxford Economics' Workforce 2020 report. Now that millennials, who grew up using new technology, are becoming decision-makers ... more