Survey Finds Rising Demand and Competition for STEM Degree Holders

More new STEM jobs are being created than new non-STEM jobs today at U.S. Fortune 1000 companies, according to 67 percent of the respondents to the latest Bayer Corporation Facts of Science Education survey. The sample included talent recruiters from both STEM and non-STEM companies.

Eighty-nine percent of the talent recruiters in this year's survey report that competition is fierce to fill open STEM jobs with four-year STEM degree holders. In addition, new hires with two-year and four-year STEM degrees are "as" or "more in demand" for non-STEM jobs than new hires without STEM degrees who have traditionally filled those jobs, according to 79 percent and 89 percent of survey respondents, respectively.

Yet, very few – only 16 percent or less – of participating Fortune 1000 companies are seeing adequate numbers of qualified African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian two- and four-year STEM degree job candidates. And overall, just over half (55 percent) of these companies can find in a timely manner adequate numbers of qualified job candidates with two-year STEM degrees. Only half (50 percent) can find qualified four-year degree holders in a timely manner. Companies struggling to fill STEM positions overwhelmingly (at least 90 percent) believe it is due to a shortage of qualified STEM degree candidates with two-year or four-year degrees.

"While much of the debate today centers on the country's pool of STEM Ph.D.s., this survey focuses on the lion's share of our STEM workforce -- those with four-year STEM degrees or less," said Jerry MacCleary, President, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "For this particular debate, we believe the jury is no longer out. As professionals responsible for scouting and hiring talent, the recruiters' firsthand knowledge is an excellent barometer of the STEM workforce realities that companies in a range of industries are facing today."

According to Fortune 1000 talent recruiters:

Finding STEM New Hires

• Nearly seven-in-10 (68 percent) of those who cannot find an adequate number of qualified STEM job candidates report their companies have a significant number of open, unfilled STEM jobs for four-year STEM degree holders, while nearly half (48 percent) report vacancies for two-year STEM degree holders.

• Talent recruiters at manufacturing industry companies are more likely to report difficulty finding qualified four-year STEM degree job candidates (55 percent). • Talent recruiters report seeing fewer Caucasian (33 percent) and Asian (39 percent) female job candidates with four-year STEM degrees than Caucasian (67 percent) and Asian (59 percent) males.

• Virtually all Fortune 1000 companies offer programs, such as internships and recruitment programs, to find qualified four-year STEM degree candidates, while only slightly more than half (53 percent) do so to find two-year STEM degree candidates.

Increasing Demand for STEM Degree Holders

• Seventy-five percent of STEM and non-STEM company talent recruiters believe that, 10 years from now, there will be more new STEM jobs than new non-STEM jobs created at their companies.

• Seventy-three percent of respondents say that two-year STEM degree holders will continue to be "as" or "more in demand" for non-STEM jobs than their counterparts without STEM degrees in the next decade. Ninety percent believe the same of four-year STEM degree holders.

• While the respondents believe that demand for two- and four-year STEM degree holders will continue to be strong in the next 10 years, new hires with four-year STEM degrees, in particular, will be in short supply, say more than two-thirds (68 percent) of respondents. More talent recruiters at companies in the manufacturing (75 percent) and services industries (77 percent) expect such a workforce shortage.

• Computer/information technology and engineering (not IT/computers) are predicted by the talent recruiters to be the two highest growth jobs at their companies 10 years from now for both two- and four-year STEM degree holders.

"As the debate rages over whether or not the United States is producing enough STEM talent to meet the demand, a new voice emerges," said Linda Rosen, CEO of Change the Equation. "Even in the height of the recession, STEM jobs were going unfilled. The results of this survey emphasize the voice of Corporate America – there is a STEM skills shortage and we need to address it now. We very much believe in using data to inform our efforts around STEM learning, and this important survey gives us one more tool to employ."

Study Finds Half of STEM Jobs Do Not Require a Four-Year Degree

This article was adapted from an article appearing on USNews.com on June 10, 2013.

About 20 percent of all American jobs are now in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, with half of those open to workers who don't have a four-year college degree, according to a new report by the Brookings Institution called "The Hidden STEM Economy."

Those jobs constitute a "hidden STEM economy," the Washington, D.C.-based think tank says, because they are "prevalent in every large metropolitan area," but many people believe at least a bachelor's degree is necessary to work in careers that require STEM skills. Many of these so-called "blue-collar" stem jobs are in construction, installation, manufacturing and health care. They include registered nurses, mechanics, carpenters and electricians.

"Of the $4.3 billion spent annually by the federal government on STEM education and training, only one-fifth goes towards supporting sub-bachelor's level training, while twice as much supports bachelor's or higher level-STEM careers," the report says. "The vast majority of National Science Foundation spending ignores community colleges. In fact, STEM knowledge offers attractive wage and job opportunities to many workers with a post-secondary certificate or associate's degree."

STEM jobs that don't require a four-year degree pay about $53,000 on average, about 10 percent higher than non-STEM jobs available to people with similar education backgrounds. "Today, there are two STEM economies. The professional STEM economy of today is closely linked to graduate school education, maintains close links with research universities, but functions mostly in the corporate sector. It plays a vital function in keeping American businesses on the cutting edge of technological development and deployment. Its workers are generally compensated extremely well," the report says. "The second STEM economy draws from high schools, workshops, vocational schools and community colleges. These workers today are less likely to be directly involved in invention, but they are critical to the implementation of new ideas, and advise researchers on feasibility of design options, cost estimates, and other practical aspects of technological development."

Of the country's 200 largest metropolitan areas, Silicon Valley's economy most relies on STEM workers, with a third of all employees in San Jose working in STEM jobs. Tech hubs such as San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Denver, Austin, Houston, Raleigh (a banking hub) and Hartford, Conn., are also STEM hotbeds, according to the report.

CCSU Grant to Provide Free STEM Career Training for Youth

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) recently received a grant through Capital Workforce Partners to offer eligible, out-of-school youth, between the ages of 17 and 21 an opportunity to receive free training in three science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career fields.

Participants enrolled in the "Social Enterprise & Workforce Development Project" will be eligible to receive advanced training certifications in emergency medical responder (EMR), basic technical manufacturing technician, or web based programming/website design. In addition, program participants will acquire retail work experience in a New Britain Downtown store to be launched and operated in association with this project.

By participating in this entrepreneurial business, youth will also receive an opportunity to earn national certification in customer service credentials.

Other services will include academic tutoring, career competencies development, and interactions with CCSU faculty and local businesses. Program staff will assist with placement into employment and postsecondary education opportunities.

Interested young adults may contact Thomas Menditto at 860-832-2215 or menditto@ccsu.edu. The first session of this two-year program will begin December 10.

The program is funded in part by Capital Workforce Partners. This is an approved program under the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

DAC Systems Hiring Full-Time Software Developer in Shelton, CT

Telliris (a division of DAC Systems) is a leader in telephone-based time collection systems and services located in Shelton, Connecticut. With an end-client roster that includes some of the largest public, private, and government organizations in the nation, Telliris is the de-facto standard for Interactive Voice Response (IVR) in the time & attendance industry. Take the next step in your career! Join a progressive company that*s on the leading edge of interactive telecommunications. We look forward to hearing from you.

Telliris has wonderful opportunities for Software Developers with Linux, MySQL, Java, and PHP experience as well as Windows, SQL Server, C/C++ and Visual Basic experience. Knowledge of VoIP, Asterisk, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), and Digital / Analog telecommunications is a big plus. We are looking for motivated, top performers with good communication skills to work in a small-team environment.

Candidates who are recent college graduates should have a strong academic background and track record of successfully completing assigned projects both independently and as a part of a development team. Additional consideration will be given to candidates who have shown initiative pursing non- academic projects as a means to expand their development skills.

Primary Responsibilities: -Designing & developing software solutions using Linux and related technologies -Designing & developing Interactive Voice Response (IVR) solutions -Designing & developing SQL relational database infrastructure, procedures, programs -Designing systems architecture based on product requirements -Developing interfaces between business applications -Modifying & maintaining Windows based IVR systems and applications -Building interactive reports -Writing technical and support documentation -Contributing to the success of a growing, cutting edge software framework -Occasional minimal travel to end-client locations

Qualifications: -C/C++, Java, PHP, Ruby, and Visual Basic programming / development experience -Linux and Microsoft Windows Server operating systems experience -Apache and Microsoft IIS Server experience -Experience with relational DB technology building tables, views, stored procedures -Experience with web technologies such as XML, HTML, and Web Services -Strong experience with Eclipse and Visual Studio -Excellent knowledge of OO design principles -Ability to manage your own projects from design to implementation -Ability to multi-task and prioritize while dealing with multiple projects -Good verbal and written communication skills -Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills -Self-motivated, self-directed individual who takes pride in their work -Bachelors Degree or equivalent work experience

Preferred Experience: Candidates may be preferred if in addition to the standard qualifications they have knowledge in IVR, MRCP, IP telecommunications, traditional telecommunications (TDM and / or analog), speech recognition, text to speech, and speaker verification.

Salary, Benefits and Other: Salary is competitive, based on experience

Telliris is located in a Class A office park with on-site fitness center and cafeteria, has a casual environment, and great benefits package that includes full medical, 401k, paid holidays and vacation.

Excellent opportunity for professional growth and advancement. For more information on Telliris visit www.telliris.com Principals only (no agencies) No phone calls please.

Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Applicants within a commutable distance are encouraged to apply.

Educational Level: Bachelor's Degree or Higher

Citizenship Requirement Must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card)

Contact Information: Mark Nickson E-Mail mnickson@dacsystems.com

Available IT Courses at Middlesex Community College

Middlesex Community College is offering courses that will prepare job seekers for various careers in IT. The courses are conveniently scheduled in the days and evenings and are taught by industry-qualified professionals.

• CST120 Introduction to Operating Systems – Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:50 p.m. (Good preparation course for COMPTIA A+ exam)

• CST231 Data Communication and Networks – Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:50 p.m. (Good preparation course for CISCO CCNA exam)

• CSA205 Advanced Applications - - Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 – 10:50 a.m. (Good preparation course for Microsoft Office Specialist exam)

• CSC105 Programming Logic – Tuesday/Thursday from 11:00 – 12:20 p.m. (Introduction to Java programming)

If you are interested in acquiring critical skills for an IT careers, these course would be very valuable. To learn more about these course or about our degrees and certificates, you may sign up for an appointment to meet with me in person.

To learn more and sign up, please contact: Donna Hylton (860) 343-5774 dhylton@mxcc.commnet.edu

Free Workshop on Computer and IT Careers this Saturday!

Middlesex Community College is hosting a free workshop Saturday, March 31st from 10am-12:30pm at Foundars Hall on the campus, 100 Training Hill Road. For more information call Professor Donna Hylton at 860-343-5774 or email dhylton@mxcc.commnet.edu.

This workshop will allow people interested in pursuing a career in the field of computers and IT to speak with professionals from The Hartford, Travelers, Aetna, Cigna, the state of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Tek Systems, On Point Consultants and other companies.

Representatives from companies such as The Hartford and On Point Consultants will discuss web development, programming, database administration, network security and other jobs in the information technology field.

$4.9 Million Grant Aimed to Help Long-Term Unemployed

The Middletown Patch reported yesterday that "In an effort to narrow that gap and increase the number of Connecticut residents gaining those jobs, Workforce Alliance and Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, and their partners in Community Colleges, private employers, economic development organizations and chambers of commerce, have won a four-year grant to put talented people together with well-paying technical jobs."

The article continues by saying "the STEM OJT Initiative will use On The Job Training resources to put approximately 361 long-term unemployed workers back to work on career paths in growing occupations in the South Central and Eastern regions of Connecticut. The effort targets three STEM fields that play an essential role in the regional and state economy: Information Technology (I/T), Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing."

To read the full report please click here.

Job Opportunity for Technical Support Representative

United Staffing is looking for TECHNICAL SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVES:

United Staffing is currently recruiting for Technical Support Representatives to work at a media site in Shelton, CT. Technical Support Representatives are responsible for troubleshooting more complex cable modem technical issues, connectivity issues, and provide excellent customer service.

The hourly pay rate is $13.10 to start! This is a full-time, temp-to perm position: 40 hrs. a week, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. Over-time is available upon request. Pay will increase to $18.37 once candidate has been made permanent.

Candidates will be made permanent based on performance and attendance usually between 3-4 months.

Training Schedule ("Paid"): Mon.-Fri., 4pm-12:30m Work Schedule: 2:30pm-12:30am (Saturday & Sunday a must!)

Requirements:

- Must have entry level knowledge on computer hardware and software.

- Must have some college coursework. DEGREES OR CERTIFICATIONS IN A COMPUTER RELATED MAJOR ARE A DEFINITE PLUS. Recent grads welcome!

- MUST BE ABLE TO WORK THE SCHEDULE MENTIONED ABOVE.

- MUST BE ABLE TO TYPE A MINIMUM OF 50 WPM (will be tested).

- Completion of or process of completion of the Help Desk Technician Certificate or Information Systems Associate in Science Degree is a plus.

- MUST PASS A 10-YEAR CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREENING.

Email Resume To:Kelson Quan, kquan@unitedstaffing.com

For more information on United Staffing please visit their website at http://www.unitedstaffing.com/

TechnoServe Part Time IT Assistant Position

IT Assistant – Norwalk Part-time 20hrs per week

LOCATION: Norwalk, CT, USA

REPORTS TO: Director of ICT, DC Network Administrator

GENERAL INFORMATION TechnoServe's mission is to build businesses that create jobs, income, opportunity, and economic growth in developing countries. Our strategies are based on a market-driven, business-oriented approach employed and refined over the past 40 years. Roughly 900 employees are at work developing rural businesses across Africa and Latin America, with a future view of expanding into new regions. (More available at technoserve.org.)

I. PRIMARY PURPOSE & FUNCTION: Support IT hardware and software in the TechnoServe Norwalk. Discern the nature of technical issues and determine escalation paths of all technical problems in Norwalk. Assist the DC Network Administrator on supporting IT issues and desktop/laptop issues of the broader organization.

II. SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Assist in the server, desktop & laptop support in the US offices;

• Using Helpdesk system track all technology issues worked;

• Troubleshoot server and network connectivity issues and escalate appropriately;

• Monitor and manage internet connections & wireless networks in Norwalk;

• Review, test & recommend hardware standards for the organization;

• Assist in the US IT inventory and purchasing process;

• Assist in the distribution of technology for US staff;

• Working with outside venders, manage Norwalk printers & fax maintenance as necessary;

• Other tasks as assigned by DC Network Administrator and the Director of ICT.

III. REQUIREMENTS:

• Associate's degree plus 2 years experience using and supporting PC & MAC technology;

• Strong interest in technology;

• Strong customers service skills;

• Helpdesk experience a plus;

• High Proficiency in all MS operating systems required;

• Highly organized and able to juggle multiple tasks;

• Ability to work independently and enthusiastic self-starter;

• Interest in working a career in IT;

• Must be a quick learner and be able to adapt quickly.

APPLY NOW

TechnoServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are encouraged to apply.

Article: Top IT skills wanted for 2012

Computerworld conducted their annual survey of employers to learn what the top IT skills will be for 2012. The survey found the following nine skills to be in demand in the upcoming year:

1.Programming and Application Development

2.Project Management

3.Help Desk/Technical Support

4.Networking

5.Business Intelligence

6.Data Center

7.Web 2.0

8.Security

9.Telecommunications

To learn more about what the survey found please click here

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