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Software Engineers Critical to CMT Industry
Senior executives in the communications, media/entertainment and technology (CMT) industry said that software engineering is critical to the future. Yet only 25% of those executives said that their company has implemented new software-development practices. Successful software-centric CMT organizations require a collaborative culture (despite geographic distance), have a learn-fast mindset, and encourage work in a unified manner. (Cognizant, September 2020)
Non-traditional Occupations for Women Boosted by DOL Grants
Community organizations that help women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare and other industries will be able to seek grants that will result in improved skills, address the changing economic environment due to the coronavirus and increase women's participation in STEM. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program will award $4.1 million to up to 11 community-based organizations to encourage women’s employment in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations.(Southern Maryland Chronicle, July 2020)
Education Completed Continues To Significantly Affect Wages And Employment
The latest annual data (2019) from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows significant wage gains and lower unemployment rates at all educational levels. For example, BA college graduates earn nearly twice as much and are twice less likely to be unemployed as high school graduates. The complete chart for all educational levels from high school dropout to PhD is found on the BLS chart. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook, May 2020)
Nursing Job Opportunities Continue to be Very Favorable
Registered Nurses are projected to have over 200,000 annual job openings nationwide for the next eight years due to increases in patient aging, preventative care and chronic conditions. Ways to enter the field include bachelors, associates and diploma completions. Median wages are $70,000/year. A related faster growing field is nurse practitioners, while a smaller number of nurses work as licensed practical nurses. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Career Outlook, March 2020).
New Trends for a New Decade
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is pleased to announce its seventh annual Top 10 Workplace Trends list. Based on member surveys, these are the issues that will have the most impact on the workplace in 2020. The entries in SIOP’s Top 10 list are broad, complex issues posing difficult challenges to the business world and modern society. ["Top Workplace Trends, February 13, 2020]
Police Sergeant Career Path Begins on Patrol
Opportunities for entry-level Patrol Officers abound, especially after completing required training each year. To continue in the field, officers should enjoy engaging with people on a daily basis. Communicating effectively is a critical skill. ["Interview with a Police Sergeant" Career Outlook, January 2020].
MANUFACTURING JOBS INCREASINGLY GOING TO THOSE WITH POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
Because of highly automated processes using sophisticated machines, over 40% of manufacturing workers now have a college degree, about double the percentage 25 years ago. ["You Probably Need a College Degree to Get a Factory Job Now" December 10, 2019]