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1. Study: STEM faculty hiring trend shows advantage for female candidates

ATMAE SmartBrief | Apr 22, 2015

If both a male and female candidate are equally qualified -- and highly qualified -- for a tenure-track faculty position in a science, technology, engineering or math field at a U.S. college or university, the woman is twice as likely to be hired as the man, a new study finds. Researchers did not study possible reasons for the outcome, but speculated that women may be faring better due to heightened awareness of the need for diversity in STEM faculty, among other things. ScienceMag.org (04/13)


2. Survey: Employers seek grads with business, technical degrees

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

Recent graduates with business and technical degrees are in demand, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. It is important for students to emphasize their real-world experiences, such as internships, officials with CareerBuilder suggest. San Francisco Chronicle (free content) (04/30)


3. ACC: Plastics industry to add 127,500 jobs in the next 10 years

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 20, 2015

The plastics manufacturing industry has added 60,000 jobs since mid-2009, and the American Chemistry Council expects another 127,500 direct jobs to arrive over the next 10 years. The $47 billion in announced investment appears to be proceeding, says Steve Russell, vice president of ACC's Plastics Department. "We have not experienced permitting backlogs. We have not experienced other things that folks were afraid of," he said. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/12)


4. The case for secretly working less

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

Workers who quietly reduce their workloads and who seek flexible schedules without submitting formal requests are perceived as just as hardworking as colleagues who put in 80-hour workweeks, according to a study published in Organization Science. "Maybe it’s that too many companies reward the wrong things, favoring the illusion of extraordinary effort over actual productivity," Neil Irwin writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/04)


5. U.S. shale gas boom drives manufacturing renaissance, observers say

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 13, 2015

The surge in U.S. shale natural gas production has prompted a revival of manufacturing sectors, including steel and chemical makers, observers say. "Low natural gas prices are spurring new manufacturing investment and creating jobs," said Katherine Miller, communications manager at steel company Nucor. The boom has spurred manufacturing investments valued at over $120 billion, she said. Forbes (05/10)


6. What role will automation play in future job market?

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 13, 2015

Technology aimed at automating processes may make some jobs obsolete in the future, according to a recent report analyzing how robotics could affect 702 occupations. Those sectors involving creative thinking -- including civil engineering, architecture and graphic design -- may be more protected from automation, researchers found. Entrepreneur online (05/05)


7. Experts predict continued growth of construction industry

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 13, 2015

The construction sector added 45,000 new jobs in April, and Ken Simonson, chief economist at the Associated General Contractors of America, says the sector is strong. He reports a 27% increase on spending for multifamily housing in the first quarter. Simonson predicts 325,000 construction jobs will be created this year, similar to last year. USA Today (05/11)


8. 4 tips for growing into a managerial role

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

Becoming a manager means taking more responsibility for the professional growth of colleagues and for rising above your own uncertainties, writes Nir Polak, co-founder of Exabeam. "With responsibility comes the power to do things your way, as well as the burden to fix things when there are mistakes," he writes. Fortune (05/03)


9. STEM needs expand across non-STEM workforce

ATMAE SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

Demand for skills in science, technology, engineering and math has grown dramatically in non-STEM fields, according to a report from the National Science Board. In 2010, about 5.4 million people held jobs typically classified as science and engineering, yet 16.5 million said their work required at least a bachelor's degree in those concentrations. U.S. News & World Report (04/21)


10. Mass. manufacturing industry seeks more trained workers

ATMAE SmartBrief | May 06, 2015

The manufacturing industry in Western Massachusetts employs about 24,000 people, and employers say they could hire more if they had a supply of qualified workers. At the Mayoral Summit on Advanced Manufacturing, organized by Springfield Technical Community College, employers asserted that more training is needed. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (05/04)




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