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Metro Areas Offer Top Prospects for STEM Jobs

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Which U.S. cities boast the highest percentages of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs? According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, some 23 metropolitan areas feature workforces with sizable concentrations of workers in advanced industries, including San Jose (16 percent), Wichita (15.5 percent), and San Francisco (14 percent). The Brookings Institution groups more than 50 industries under the umbrella of “advanced industries,” including computer systems design, data processing, information services, software building, and telecommunications. For good measure,… continue…

Finding Silicon Valley’s Heart of Entrepreneurship

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Over the past several decades, Silicon Valley has become synonymous with entrepreneurship. But not all entrepreneurs are created equal: As suggested by a new study in Science magazine, those startups that survive and become viable companies generally share a handful of attributes, from shorter names to incorporation and trademarking. (Hat tip to The Verge for the link to the study.) The researchers who authored that study, including an MIT economist, used their model to map the true heart of entrepreneurship… continue…

In Search of the Next-Generation Mainframer

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Not too long ago, IT organizations that had invested in mainframes were afraid that IT people with the expertise required to run those systems were about to “age out” and retire. As a result, many firms decided to examine their platform options, which contributed in no small part to a wave of defections to distributed computing-systems platforms. A recent survey of 350 CIOs, conducted by Compuware, had 66 percent reporting that they feared the impending retirement of the mainframe workforce… continue…

5 Technologies That Could Alter Your Career

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Predicting the future with any accuracy is a nigh-impossible feat. But when you want to start learning a new technology that will help you in your career, you have to do your best to determine if it’s just hype, or if it will endure. Analysts at companies such as Gartner and Forrester put out lists of new technologies that they expect to grow; at Dice, it’s also possible to see spikes in demand for professionals skilled in emerging hardware, software,… continue…

Python Snakes Up List of Fastest-Growing Skills

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The most recent Dice Report offered a list of the fastest-growing tech skills, including cybersecurity, Puppet (an open-source IT automation tool), Hadoop, and Big Data. One programming language appeared on that list: Python, which enjoyed 21 percent growth year-over-year (as of Sept. 2), based on mentions in Dice job postings. (Skill requests had to appear in at least 1,000 job postings on a given day to qualify for the analysis.) Click here to find Python jobs. That growth is no surprise. Python,… continue…

The Fastest-Growing Tech Skills: Dice Report

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Employment for technology professionals continues to thrive, yet this rising tide of job opportunities for tech pros has not lifted the prospects for all skill sets equally. So which technology skills have ridden the wave to the biggest increases over the past year? Let’s dive into the nearly 80,000 jobs posted on Dice on any given day to find the Top 10 big movers year-over-year, skills-wise, based on mentions in job postings: Puppet – The open source IT automation tool of… continue…

What If America Isn’t Startup-Friendly After All?

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America is a nation of startups—or that’s how the story goes, at least. But is it true? The Los Angeles Times offered up some stats about the current state of the nation’s startups, and the findings aren’t pretty: As reported by the newspaper, data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that the number of new startups fell 28 percent between 1977 and 2011. Nor is that the only bad news for entrepreneurs: People aged 20 to 34—the so-called “Millennial” generation—were… continue…

4 Morphing Technology Jobs

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Earlier this week, ZDNet listed “four classic IT jobs that are moving to the back burner:” mainframe programmers, systems administrators, help desk technicians and SMB IT managers. While it’s true these roles are being changed, there’s still work to be done in each area—it just may get done in a different way. Probably the most obvious job on the list is mainframe programmer. Changes in the way data is hosted and accessed have de-emphasized the need for mainframe software, and… continue…

Adult Women Outnumber Teenage Boys Among Gamers

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More adult women play video games than boys 18 or younger, according to a new study by the Entertainment Software Association (PDF). That might come as a surprise to casual followers of the video-game industry, which relies on games seemingly tailor-made for teenage boys to fuel its burgeoning bottom line. Not only do women constitute 48 percent of everybody tapping away at a game controller, but the number of female gamers aged 50 and over jumped 32 percent between 2012… continue…

Millennials: Ready to Lead Your Company?

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A new survey suggests that Millennials are on track to become tomorrow’s leaders, provided organizations can retain them long enough. The survey (PDF) is a joint production of HR consulting firm DDI and The Conference Board, the latter a business-research association, and incorporates responses from 13,124 “leaders” and 1,528 “global human resource executives” at 2,031 organizations. Many of those surveyed felt that their organizations needed to retain and develop effective leaders, and only a minority—40 percent—rated the overall quality of… continue…