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Does Not Compute: Millennials Aren't Tech Savvy

June 11, 2015

Just because millennials are glued to their tech devices doesn’t mean they know how to use them well. They may know how to take selfies, surf the web, or keep up with their social networks, but "Does Not Compute," a new research brief we are releasing today, reveals that most have a hard time solving problems using technology. That’s bad news, because technology won’t add much to the human equation if we can’t use it to solve problems.

Tags: technology, jobs & workforce

Where are the young STEM workers?

February 27, 2015

If you’d rather not move into your parents’ basement after you finish college, a degree in a STEM subject like computing or engineering is a pretty good bet. CTEq research reveals that, between 2011 and 2014, unemployment among recent college graduates with bachelor’s degrees or higher in computing was just 4.5 percent. Among newly-minted engineers: only 2.2 percent.  In non-STEM fields, by contrast, unemployment for recent grads with bachelor’s or higher stood at 7.0 percent.

Tags: jobs & workforce, engineering, computer science

Top 5 Cities for New Science Jobs

February 2, 2015

Nationwide, jobs in science haven't seen the sharp decline followed by spectacular growth that has characterized, say, jobs in computing since 2001. Instead, they have made sober and steady gains, rising almost 16 percent since 2001 and five percent since 2009.

Some metro have seen far faster growth, however. If you're interested in a job in science, you might want to keep your eye on these five cities:

5. Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh downtown

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce, science

Kicking Off a Banner Year for STEMworks

January 27, 2015

2015 is off to a great start for STEMworks! STEMworks is growing to include more of the nation’s best STEM education programs; STEMworks programs are getting more funding to expand to new schools and districts; and a new partnership will expand the reach of STEMworks even farther. This will be a banner year in our work to ensure that every young person has access to the nation's best STEM education opportunities.

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Top 5 Cities for Minorities in Computing

December 10, 2014

With Computer Science Education Week in full swing, it’s a good time to take stock of the future of computing in this country. Black, Latino, and Native Americans comprise 29 percent of the U.S. working-age population but only 15 percent of computer professionals. As the tech economy continues to skyrocket, and minorities head towards majority status by 2050, that’s a recipe for squandering human potential and slowing innovation.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce, technology, computer science

Check Out These Promising Programs in STEM!

December 9, 2014

You already know STEMworks as the go-to source for the most effective STEM education programs. (In fact, President Obama even gave us a shout-out about two weeks ago.) Today, STEMworks expanded its reach to celebrate the next generation of programs that will make a big difference for American young people. We call them "Promising Programs."

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The Skills Gap Is Real

December 3, 2014

In a new survey released today by CTEq and the Business Roundtable, CEOs of major companies make clear that the shortage of skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is very real. They should know. The success of their companies depends in large part on their ability to find skilled employees who can help keep their companies on the cutting edge in a competitive global economy.

The survey's major findings are troubling:

Tags: jobs & workforce

The Top Five Cities for Green Jobs

November 13, 2014

If you think green jobs are a fad, think again. While so many other occupations have been roiled by the boom and bust cycles since 2001, green jobs seem to prove the adage that “slow and steady wins the race.” They haven’t seen spectacular gains or dizzying losses from one year to the next, but their long-term growth has been impressive. The number of green jobs has risen more than 16 percent since 2001, three times faster than jobs overall.

Tags: Top 5, jobs & workforce

Get your STEM program in STEMworks!

November 3, 2014

If you know a great STEM education program, now is the time to tell them about STEMworks. Now through December 12, programs can apply to be in STEMworks, the nation's leading resource for identifying excellent STEM education programs. And, if your program is active in Iowa, it may have a singular opportunity to reach thousands more young people in the state.

Tags: STEMworks, STEM & the states

Top 5 Cities for New Engineering Jobs

October 28, 2014

Like almost everything else, engineering jobs took a hit in the recession, but they’ve been coming back strong. Earlier this year, a CTEq analysis of federal data showed that the unemployment rate for recent engineering graduates was a mere 2.2 percent from 2011 to 2014. Compare that to almost 7.0 percent for recent bachelor’s degree holders overall.

Tags: engineering, Top 5, jobs & workforce

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