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Tech Industry With No Shortage Of Workers
By: CareerCast.com
Along with temporary deportation relief for millions, President Obama's executive action will increase the number of United States college graduates from abroad who can temporarily be hired by U.S. corporations. That hasn't satisfied tech companies and trade groups, who contend more green cards or guest worker visas are needed to keep tech industries growing because of a shortage of qualified American workers. But scholars say there's a problem with that argument: The tech worker shortage doesn't actually exist. "There's no evidence of any way, shape or form that there's a shortage in the conventional sense," says Hal Salzman, a professor ...
Methods For Solving The Engineering Skills Gap
By: CareerCast.com
Over the last few weeks I’ve heard and read much about the global skills shortage and its impact on the economy. It’s a concern for many business sectors, but in particular for the engineering industry. I recently sat on a panel discussing the findings of a recent Totaljobs/Boston Consulting Group report on global talent mobility. This research focused on the factors that drive individuals to make global moves, but it also highlighted the critical issue of the global skills shortage. BCG shared some rather scary statistics that bring this to bear. For example, if Germany continues to grow its economy ...
Attracting Women To IT Jobs Next Step In Industry Growth
By: CareerCast.com
Mei Yang and Fatma Nasoz are two women from different worlds who excelled in math and science. But Nasoz, from Turkey, and Yang, from China, share one important commonality : They are women in the male-dominated industry of computer science and information technology. Yang, an associate professor in UNLV’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has a research emphasis in computer architecture, networking and imbedded systems. Nasoz is a senior resident scholar of information technology at the Lincy Institute, housed on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus. Her research is centered on artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction. Like Yang, she ...
A Roundup of Career Guidance for IT Professionals
By: CareerCast.com
Technological careers are shaping both the American and global economy in this century. IEEE presents this resource, which explains just how it’s happening and what’s next. The report provides career advancement and job-hunting advice for current IT professionals, as well as guidance for those new to the industry. IEEE’s Flipboard also addresses entrepreneurism, hiring tips, industry trends and more. VIEW THE FLIPBOARD HERE
Crowdfunding Support For Building A Start-Up
By: CareerCast.com
Crowdfunding—collecting money from a bunch of people to fund a project—has in the last few years gone from “doable but tough” to “so easy we can’t remember how we lived before,” thanks to sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Particular beneficiaries of the new era are those wanting to make physical devices, who have often struggled for funding because of the higher risk and capital requirements of hardware development over software. “Crowdfunding validates the product-market fit early in the development cycle, before you’ve spent millions of dollars creating something nobody wants,” says Scott Miller, CEO and cofounder of Dragon Innovation, in ...
Juggling Life And Work In IT
By: CareerCast.com
The United States is one of the worst countries for a work-life balance, reveals a recent report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. In IT, finding this elusive balance can be even more challenging with the constant call of technology and various mobile devices — but it is possible with the right employer and position. If you're searching for a new IT job, here are some specifications to look for to find more balance between your work and personal life. Flexible options Flexible jobs are becoming more common in IT. According to a report from Gensler, employees who ...
Computing Jobs Driving New Generation Of Students
By: CareerCast.com
High school seniors nationwide are preparing to graduate, receiving college acceptance letters and possibly enrolling in a college or university. The challenging economy has made many of these young adults acutely aware of the important role their degree can play when they face commencement once again, this time entering the job market. Some schools offer degree programs that address the skills required to enter fast-growing fields, such as cyber security, cloud computing, health care and accounting — U.S. News & World Report included accounting in its ranking of 25 Best Jobs in 2012. This strong connection to a promising career ...
Computing Technology Changes In The Next Five Years
By: CareerCast.com
Since 2006 at about this time IBM comes out with five predictions, dubbed 5-in-5, about how technology will affect the world within five years. Each year the predictions look at how technology innovations will change the way people work, live, and play within the next five years. They are based on market and social trends combined with ideas from the thousands of biologists, engineers, mathematicians and medical physicians in IBM research labs around the world. Anything that suggests change also means opportunities. IT consultants should thrive on change. This is your cue to step up and offer ideas, strategy, and ...
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 ...
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, ...