Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The STEM Crisis is a Myth: An Ongoing Discussion - IEEE Spectrum

The STEM Crisis is a Myth: An Ongoing Discussion - IEEE Spectrum:

Reading list:

Is a Career in STEM Really for Me?An 8th grader ponders the options, finds science and engineering far down on the list
Is There a U.S. IT Worker Shortage?New demand for big data, cloud computing and HIT workers will be in millions by 2015
An Engineering Career: Only a Young Person’s Game?Half-life of knowledge pressures employers to seek out young engineers
What Ever Happened to STEM Job Security?A personal view on how decades of recurring recessions, downsizing, outsourcing and H-1B visas changed the social compact between STEM workers and their employers
Are STEM Workers Overpaid?Lowering STEM worker pay seems to be hidden agenda of many tech companies
My favorite line:
Pursuing a career in STEM has become little different from pursing a career in professional sports. It can be exciting and highly rewarding if you have the talent and are willing to work hard, and have a bit of luck in which major you choose and company you start off with. Graduating at the start of an economic boom also helps.
The IEEE Spectrum's editorial board's opposition to H1B is well known, but the opposition to recruiting more members in to STEM profession is news to me. Maybe they want a board certified systems like the medical practice, so that they can make the STEM crisis real and secure their jobs?

Just glance the titles they pick.
1.Is a Career in STEM Really for Me?
Career choice is totally personal, and monetary incentive is only one of many factors. The STEM crisis is a macro problem, and career choice is micro.

2. Is There a U.S. IT Worker Shortage?
Globalization! If workers can not immigrate/emigrate, the jobs will.

3. An Engineering Career: Only a Young Person’s Game?
Admit it, most professional jobs are young person's game. Just check the ages when Nobel achievements were made. When our ancestors lived in caves, life is a young person's game.

4. What Ever Happened to STEM Job Security?
Give me a break, who has job security?

5. Are STEM Workers Overpaid? - Lowering STEM worker pay seems to be hidden agenda of many tech companies
BS.
Lowering workers is the open agenda of the employers. It is called capitalism!

It seems to me, those who are not willing accept changes are trying to voice their fear!

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