Special Reports

Industry Group: More STEM Grads, But H-1B Reform, Too

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H-1B Special Report
Technology titans from Dell to Qualcomm — as well as non-tech brands like Goldman Sachs, Cummins and CVS Caremark — say they need foreign workers if they’re going to keep their businesses on track. But at least some of them see guest-worker programs as a short-term fix. Ultimately, they’re more interested in increasing the number of STEM students graduating from American universities, says Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council, an IT industry public-policy group. Mehlman recently spoke… continue…

Programmers Guild: The American Worker Needs Protection

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H-1B Special Report
With the debate over H-1B workers reaching a fevered pitch – both in Congress and across the IT landscape — one voice often missing is that of the Programmers Guild. A national volunteer-based organization that represents over 1,000 programmers, most of them over 40, the Guild has made little progress in pushing its H-1B reform proposals forward in Congress. We spoke with Kim Berry, the Guild’s president, regarding his organization’s views on today’s policies, reforms it favors and where the… continue…

The Facts Behind the H-1B Debate

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H-1B Special Report
The debate over H-1Bs is both important and emotional. Given that it involves our jobs, that’s no surprise. However, it’s also an issue infused with myths and posturing, which is why we decided to produce this special report. We want to debunk the myths and set out the facts, describe the realities of the program as they are, not as someone wants them to be. Put together in large part by Associate Editor Dawn Kawamoto, The Facts Behind H-1Bs presents… continue…

How 800,000 H-1B Workers Came to the U.S.

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H-1B Special Report
Here’s where it starts: Employers say there’s a lack of tech professionals who have the skills they need to compete in today’s increasingly technology-driven global markets. They can’t find computer systems analysts, programmers and software applications engineers, especially with advanced degrees. Without these skills, they contend, they’re at a disadvantage. But by hiring professionals from other countries, who are more than willing to bring their talents to the United States, they can solve the problem. But American tech workers don’t… continue…

H-1Bs: The Picture in Washington

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H-1B Special Report
The immigration reform proposals now being hashed out by the Senate Judiciary Committee include several ideas that would benefit highly skilled foreign workers. However, it’s important to keep the topic of guest workers in perspective. While the tech industry pays closest attention to H-1Bs and similar visa programs, these make up just a slice of the issues now being faced on Capitol Hill. Overall, Washington is focused more on areas like border security and paths to citizenship than it is… continue…

H-1Bs: Current Immigration Laws and Policies

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H-1B Special Report
Despite all of their arguments, those on both sides of the H-1B debate agree on one thing: Along with the rest of America’s approach to immigration, the program is long overdue for an overhaul. Many analysts are optimistic that House Republicans will bless the kind of comprehensive reform package that they’ve resisted in the past. The GOP wants to improve its standing with Latinos, the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group, and one that overwhelmingly votes Democratic. (Of course, this assumes the current proposal… continue…

Things to Come: Technology Jobs in 2018

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In technology, the need for specific skills rises and falls for a number of reasons, some simple and others complex. And while it’s never easy to predict the future, you can get a sense of who’ll be in need and who should take a hard look at their career path by studying trends, talking to industry leaders and analysts, and asking tech professionals where they see things heading. We did just that, and the result is this package of stories… continue…

The 5 Top Tech Jobs of 2018

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Back to the Future
Four areas will beat the path toward how technology jobs will look five years from now: the cloud, mobility, employees’ demand to do company work on their personal devices (BYOD), and smart computing. Between now and 2018, Corporate America will rely even more on these areas than it does now because, says Andrew Bartels, an analyst for Forrester Research, “Technology is seen as a key enabler of innovation, and innovation is a key business priority.” That means that the corporate… continue…

Tech Trends Hint at New Opportunities

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Speed
As technology becomes baked into the very center of everything from how businesses operate to the most basic ways people live their lives, the term “digital” creeps more toward obsolescence every day. Social computing, business intelligence, cloud computing, mobility, smart computing and the spread of employees bringing their own devices to work are becoming common things. All of this has been written about, a lot. But a number of job seekers don’t consider these changes when they think about their… continue…