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Bridging The STEM Jobs Skills Gap
By: CareerCast.com
There will be a dramatic shortage of job seekers for new career opportunities being created in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions in the coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The House of Representatives passed the STEM Jobs Act (H.R. 6429) in December, a program designed to offer more than 50,000 green cards to migratory technological workers with a doctorate or Master’s degree from an accredited American university in a STEM discipline. The legislation is meant to help companies meet their anticipated growing demand, and address the skills necessary for these positions. Among the ... more
Skills Employers Need From IT Candidates
By: CareerCast.com
It doesn’t matter if executives want to bring on a technical co-founder or a chief information officer who will be onsite or if they wish to outsource their programming tasks, the issue is the same: “How do you know if a developer is any good if you don’t know how to write code?” Companies have to figure out the complexity level of their undertaking. Almost any programmer can handle simple websites, but many programmers who are very good at routine tasks cannot handle more complex ones. Complexity comes in two flavors, he said. Functional complexity occurs when you are building ... more
Robots Designed To Help, Not Replace, Workers
By: CareerCast.com
A new generation of low-cost robots handles short runs in tight quarters. With so much attention focused on driverless cars, package-delivering drones, and scrambling, stomping, and slithering automatons, industrial robots remain mechatronics’ blue collar guys. They work several shifts each day, no complaints, doing the same repetitive job quickly and accurately. Universal Robots is one of several firms developing robots for this emerging market. It has more than 3,000 robots up and running, mostly in Europe. Another notable contender is Rethink Robotics, which was founded by iRobot innovator Rodney Brooks. CONTINUE READING AT ASMEmore
Top Freelance Resources for IT Specialists
By: CareerCast.com
If you are an IT graduate or professional, earning money should not be a problem for you. That includes those without a full-time IT gig currently. Simply put, the market for independent and freelance IT work is lucrative, and opportunities are abundant. Working freelance can actually be more profitable than holding one, full-time job, because freelancers can take on multiple projects and negotiate their prices. However, the first rule of becoming a successful IT freelancer is to find resources where international clients post jobs daily. Two great outlets are the CareerCast IT Network and the CareerCast Temporary and Part-Time Jobs ... more
Developers, Skill Upgrade Programs, Boost Asia Pacific Tech Jobs Outlook
By: CareerCast.com
Article taken from the IEEE Job Site/August 2016 © Copyright 2016 IEEE. There are still plenty of tech jobs in the Asia Pacific region (EEs, software engineers, computer engineers and scientists, IT specialists), but it’s almost a buyer’s market for software developers as companies struggle to keep pace with growing opportunities in mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and cybersecurity. The Asia Pacific is expected to lead developer population globally for the next several years, with India projected to reach four million in 2018. “We’re seeing how in the space of a year, the possibilities introduced by the Internet of Things ... more
Engineering Dream Jobs of 2013
By: CareerCast.com
When was the last time you saw an engineer portrayed glamorously in a film—or, for that matter, in any form of popular culture? Right. Let’s face it: The unflattering stereotypes persist, and they’re tired. They’re also out of touch with reality. Just consider the five engineers we profile here. Simon Hauger [above], for example, trained as an electrical engineer but became a math instructor at an inner-city school that most other newly minted teachers would have written off. Now he’s bringing hands-on learning to a new level. Geoff Martin, at the other extreme, studied music, not engineering. But technology has ... more
How U.S. Employees Can Find Jobs in India
By: CareerCast.com
American employers have been outsourcing jobs to India for decades now. In 2011, US companies outsourced as many as 2,273,392 jobs , may of them to India. However, with the US economy slowing down this trend is soon going to change. In fact, there is a reverse brain-drain situation precipitating. While American companies are busy giving pink slips, “India, Inc.” is still rife with job opportunities. Thus, a large number of US employees are contemplating working in India. Until now… U.S. companies sent jobs overseas to capitalize on cheap labor in India. These were primarily technical support and customer service ... more
Engineering Education Pays Off
By: CareerCast.com
Doctoral degrees are an undertaking. A new NSF report indicates the payoff: PhDs in science and engineering make you much more employable than someone without. The unemployment rate for those in the United States with engineering doctoral degrees was 1.9% in February 2013. That’s less than a third of the 6.3% unemployment rate of the general population 25 years of age and older. Ph.D. holders in computer and information sciences had similar unemployment rate at 1.8%, while that for mathematicians and statisticians was the lowest of all science and engineering fields at 1.2%. CONTINUE READING AT IEEE.ORGmore
Transitioning From Engineer To Manager
By: CareerCast.com
Being offered a promotion is typically cause for celebration. Apart from higher pay and maybe a better parking spot, it is a recognition of one’s skill and dedication. But a promotion can bring its own headaches—especially for engineers. In addition to universal challenges, such as when you become the boss of friends (or rivals), the very skills that land an engineer the promotion may become a stumbling block in the new position. Engineers pride themselves on the depth of their detailed technical expertise, and they distinguish themselves on the strength of the performance of the things they create. Once you ... more
Destination States in the Tech Industry
By: CareerCast.com
Virginia is a winning region for jobs in the IT and engineering fields, as examined in the CareerCast.com Best Jobs in Virginia 2013 report. But it’s not the only state with a wealth of opportunity for those with a technical expertise. Some of the nation’s top states for IT job seekers are synonymous with the industry, but a few unexpected destinations are powering the 21st Century’s move toward a more telecommunicative world. California The Golden State is the home of Silicon Valley, the birthplace and global hub of computing technology. The Bay Area has had its ups and downs, including ... more