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Software Engineers Critical to CMT Industry

Senior executives in the communications, media/entertainment and technology (CMT) industry said that software engineering is critical to the future. Yet only 25% of those executives said that their company has implemented new software-development practices. Successful software-centric CMT organizations require a collaborative culture (despite geographic distance), have a learn-fast mindset, and encourage work in a unified manner. (Cognizant, September 2020)

Non-traditional Occupations for Women Boosted by DOL Grants

Community organizations that help women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare and other industries will be able to seek grants that will result in improved skills, address the changing economic environment due to the coronavirus and increase women's participation in STEM. The Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) grant program will award $4.1 million to up to 11 community-based organizations to encourage women’s employment in apprenticeship and nontraditional occupations.(Southern Maryland Chronicle, July 2020)

Education Completed Continues To Significantly Affect Wages And Employment

The latest annual data (2019) from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows significant wage gains and lower unemployment rates at all educational levels. For example, BA college graduates earn nearly twice as much and are twice less likely to be unemployed as high school graduates. The complete chart for all educational levels from high school dropout to PhD is found on the BLS chart. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook, May 2020)