In order to successfully teach or implement STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum and ultimately create more graduates with STEM skills, quality STEM professional development initiatives are needed. How to we approach these challenges in the STEM field?
Employers are increasingly looking for experts with STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math). However, there are not enough graduates to fill all the vacancies. On top of that, only 10 % of recent graduates in these fields go to work in STEM. What are schools and policy makers doing to close this gap?
What do sport and STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) have in common? Is sport science actually part of STEM? On one hand, employers seek highly qualified professionals with skills in STEM fields. On the other hand, there are simply not enough students graduating in these areas. Can sports save STEM careers and fill this gap?
After watching Mr. Robot, The Matrix, Blackhat or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, have you ever wished to become an hacker like the protagonists? Did these movies and TV shows capture your imagination? If that is the case, you might consider becoming an ethical hacker or a penetration tester. How to become one?
Needed cybersecurity skills
Do you have what it takes for a career in cybersecurity? If you are already working in the field, are you unsure about what skills are needed to further boost your career? Have you always wondered what skills to work on to become a penetration tester, network security or cloud specialist? Are you curious whether programming skills are essential in order to succeed? And are you uncertain about where to begin?
Cybersecurity: Do You Have The Necessary Skills? Part I.
Data breaches or network vulnerabilities will only keep increasing in the future. Consequently, cybersecurity experts are more in demand than ever. This is especially true for employers and states looking for professionals being able to “not only maintain firewalls”, but with advanced knowledge, experience and technical experience. In 2016, 46 percent of organizations claimed not to have enough experts with the desired skills. However, becoming an expert in the cybersecurity field seems to be more difficult to achieve than previously thought. It is such a broad sector/sphere/discipline that it can be overwhelming to find the right path. What does it take? What skills are needed? Which certifications are the best?
Race and gender play a significant role in the job market. Unfortunately, minorities and women are underrepresented in most STEM careers. Only 25% in this workforce is made up of women. Women are also less likely to graduate in these disciplines. In order to close this gap, President Donald Trump has signed two bills supporting women in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Both H.R. 321 and H.R. 255 are designed to support women’s participation in STEM education and encourage them to pursue careers in these disciplines.
Miniseries: The Future of Cybersecurity, Engineering and IT jobs.
With the whole world now inter-connected, most people will continue using their personal devices on a daily basis to check email, navigate their cars, and use various applications. This means Information Technology (IT) experts will be increasingly sought-after to support our tablets, computers, smartphones, and cloud storage, as well as develop new software apps. Continue reading
Part II: Miniseries About The Future of Cybersecurity, Engineering and IT jobs.
The situation in the engineering industry is very similar to the cybersecurity field – too many job openings and not enough professionals with desirable skills. On top of that, the engineering workforce is among the oldest – 23 % of the experts are 55 years or older. The older generation of baby boomers, those born born between the WW2 and 1964, is aging and preparing to retire from various industries, such as engineering. There are fewer younger people to fill their positions. So who will replace 262,170 experts/baby boomers currently working in civil engineering, 168,100 electrical engineers, 258, 630 mechanical engineers, and 230,580 industrial engineers in the not-so-far-away-future? These three kind of jobs together with electrical and electronics engineers constitute two-thirds of the American engineering force.