Posts Tagged ‘STEM Careers’

The employment game – the discrimination against unemployed STEM professionals…

September 15, 2014

Naked Capitalism   is always a good source of information about the “real economy”.  You know, the one where all is not so rosy and hopeful.  Its a place where reality sets in and shines a light on  why the economy remains so crappy for so many five years into a so-called “recovery”.

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STEM Career Viability – Where’s the Beef?

March 22, 2014

STEM education programs are hot…

OK, so we’ve woken up to the fact that we are falling behind in science and technology.  Almost everyone is making a massive fuss over STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.  In higher education circles, it seems like everyone is climbing onto the STEM bandwagon.  It seems like almost everyday I hear about a new STEM program.  Some campuses are even building  STEM centers.

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Hiring collusions impacting engineers salaries? NO! Really???

March 3, 2014

Its all over the media.  There is a huge “skills-mismatch” in the US.  In spite of high unemployment, millions of jobs in the so-called “STEM”  (science, technology, engineering and math)  fields are going begging because employers can not get enough “qualified” Americans to fill those positions.

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The feasibility factor – when a wage-mismatch stifles STEM…

February 18, 2014

In a recent post, Jared Bernstein gave voice to an issue that I have long been concerned about:  the feasibility of many STEM career tracks.  With all the hand-wringing about STEM, the facts surrounding wage stagnation and even depression are being blithely ignored. Everyone is bemoaning the so-called “skills-mismatch” without considering whether the salaries being offered are commensurate or even doable given the required years and cost of training for these careers.  Education is expensive and the “numbers” have to work for people to even bother entering certain career tracks.

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory…a metaphor for the modern high-tech sweat shops – Part 2

September 3, 2013

Yesterday, I posted a blog on the famous fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911. For those who are following this blog, you may be wondering what this has to do with technology and innovation in America. I don’t want this blog to degenerate into a politically progressive tirade, even though I am an avowed progressive. So please let me explain.

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Business Bites Back – the suits spin on the EPI study on STEM workers…

June 2, 2013

It didn’t take long did it?  About a month ago the EPI (Economic Policy Institute) put out a report on guest workers and their impact on STEM fields.  The results were alarming.  Rather than repeating them again, I will refer you to my post on this subject.  The bottom line was that there was no STEM shortage and most of this was a canard to get cheap labor from abroad (my interpretation – although it was implied in the results of the report.

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The guest worker on an H1-B visa versus the US national with a STEM degree: Who wins? Who loses?

May 20, 2013

For the last several years there has been a massive amount of hand-wringing about how America is falling behind in the race to acquire the skills that the “haves” of the future will hold.  Most notably STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  If we want to be a country of “have nots”, so the theory goes, we can continue on our present course of underachieving in these areas.  But if we want to regain our technological edge, and most importantly, bring down that stubbornly high unemployment rate, we have to put more American students on the STEM track.

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The mythical STEM shortage – even the New York Times doesn’t get it…

April 10, 2013

Every day I keep hearing the drumbeat get louder….”We need more young people to enter these ‘vital’ STEM fields!  The future of our nation depends on it!” Or….”We need to allow more foreign immigrants in on H1-B and other guest visas because of an acute ‘skills shortage’ in vital STEM fields!”

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The Sequester is no way to enhance innovation…or the economy…

March 4, 2013

We are now entering the sixth year of a depression.  Personally, I  stopped calling it the Great Recession about six months ago because I believe in calling things what they are.    And now, those who work in STEM fields have yet another black swan to deal with – “The Great Sequester”.

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The minimum wage – what’s that got to do with STEM?

February 18, 2013

President Obama’s fifth State Of the Union  address featured several plans to stimulate the economy.  But none of them were so direct and so essential as the proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $9/hr.

So now my readers are scratching their heads and asking “What on earth does that have to do with STEM fields.”  To that I would say “plenty”.

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