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A new year is dawning

September 2, 2013

School bells are about to ring again, and a new school year is soon to get under way. School days can be an exciting adventure....

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Sep-03-13 9:02 PM

All true, DK. If only this would happen.

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Sep-03-13 4:43 PM

Forbes article this summer: Which cities and companies have the most STEM job openings?

Current openings (in order): NYC – 47,000; DC – 39,000; San Jose – 31,000; San Fran; Boston; Chicago; LA; Houston; Atlanta; Dallas

The highest average STEM salaries are in CA - $115,000 – followed by DC - $102,000 – and then Boston – $90,000.

The companies, in order, with the most STEM openings are Microsoft, Amazon, SAIC, Lockheed Martin, Apple, HP, Oracle, Northrop Grumman.

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Sep-03-13 10:44 AM

Where are all the jobs?

STEM jobs growth is estimated at 17% in the next five years. The US Commerce Dept. reports STEM workers earn 26% more than their non-STEM counterparts. But only 16% of HS seniors are interested in a STEM career; only 25% of those are female. (Blacks/Hispanics are 28% of the population, but just 7% of the STEM workforce.)

Although fwomen were awarded 57 percent of the 1.7 million bachelor degrees in 2009-2010, they only received 17% of engineering degrees, 18% of computer science degrees, and 41% of science degrees (per the National Center for Education Statistics). The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the US economy will add 1.2M computing jobs by 2020. But US universities won’t graduate even HALF the number of people needed. (The gap will be made up by foreign workers on technical visas or with green cards obtained after graduate studies.)

High schools and colleges need to point students at where the jobs are.

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Sep-02-13 4:34 PM

Nice article, Bob, but we also need more common sense from administrators. HS Guidance counselors support pipe dreams and colleges “fill seats just to fill the coffers” rather than point students into employable professions.

You’re a harpist? Great. There are 2 – 2 – openings in the entire US every year for symphonic harpists. Why did companies like Google and Microsoft lobby Congress to double the number of visas for foreign STEM workers? Because there aren’t enough of them here!

Not going to college? Don’t give up on kids because they’re not valedictorians. Point them toward trade schools, join the service and learn something. “But a liberal arts degree means you can do anything.” Maybe, but you’ll probably never get the chance – try to get past the “HR firewall” with your BA in English, Philosophy or Psychology.

“Follow your dreams” is unrealistic – “Gain a skill to find a job” is better advice for students.

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Sep-02-13 8:32 AM

Very good Dr Bob,as usual!

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Sep-02-13 7:19 AM

Hey Doc, the libs would disagree with the statement, the mind cannot see its own advance. We have our govt for that ! Learned liberal beauracrats, all knowing, all powerful yet stupid in every way imaginable. How else can we explain the decline we see in education ! education is a liberal success story. everyone is dumber and poorer for it.

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