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STEM Occupations Celebrated During National Engineers Week

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) created National Engineers Week and encourages current and future STEM workers to celebrate. It falls during George Washington’s birthday (the 22nd), which is a fitting tribute to one of the country’s first prominent engineers. Classroom activities can engage and inspire others to pursue engineering. [STEM Jobs, February 20, 2017]

In Demand Occupations

Data Scientist, Home Health Aide, Physical Therapist, Financial Advisor, Truck Driver, Software Engineer, RN, Medical Services Manager, Information Security Analyst, Operations Manager ("10 Jobs Growing the Fastest Are Also the Toughest to Fill" USA Today February 2, 2017)

College Graduate Employment

The job market for college graduates is the best it has been in 10 years according to Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. She said that technology and automation make a college degree even more important with the average annual earnings for a college graduate 70% higher than high school diploma holders. (Marketwatch December 20, 2016).

Jobs in U.S. Computer Industry Declining

Overall employment in computer and chip manufacturing, software publishing and related electronics firms continues to decrease due to outsourcing manufacturing outside the US, sophisticated automation, and much higher worker productivity ("Tech Boom Creates Too Few Jobs" Wall Street Journal, Oct 13, 2016)

High Paying Job Skills

Employment increased substantially in the last 25 years for occupations requiring more education, experience, soft skills and analytical abilities. Workers realize they need continuous training and it is their responsibility. Certification programs are considered the best means of being well prepared for a good paying job.["Key findings about the American workforce and the changing job market" Pew Research Center, October 6, 2016]

Good Jobs in Manufacturing Apprenticeships

With over 2 million US manufacturing jobs expected to be unfilled over the next 10 years, more companies are starting apprenticeship programs. Nearly 90% of program completors are finding employment at at a $50,000 or higher annual salary. ("US Turns to Germany (Model) to Fill Jobs" Wall Street Journal September 27, 2016).

High Technology Manufacturing Workers Needed

Facing an expected major shortage of advanced manufacturing workers, employers are using videos, virtual reality, career fairs and peers to recruit for jobs that are very hi tech and pay well. ("Help Wanted: Manufacturers Target Millennials" Wall Street Journal June 8, 2016)

 

Economists Recommend Career Counseling

Behavioral economics indicates people have a bias toward short term, easy, visible and status quo decisions which may not be the best means of job decisions making. Interests, fulfillment and purpose which can be provided through internships, mentors and career counseling are more important than pay and prestige. (Finding a Job That Works for You, New York Times March 25, 2016)

Need for Public and Private Focus on Helping Young People To Be Career-Ready

A leading university president and a CEO of a large financial firm agree that graduating from a four-year college is not the only path to career-readiness. Today, over five million young people are neither working nor in school, which slows economic growth and increases social challenges. Students and families should be informed of all the various educational options so as to achieve middle class status. (USA Today January 20, 2016)

Automation Impact on Skilled Workers

Recent research on artificial intelligence in the workplace in general and lawyer automation specifically contends that computerization may not end up displacing professionals as much as earlier studies feared.("The End of Lawyers? Not so Fast" New York Times January 4, 2016)