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3/23/2015
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Kevin Casey
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Top Jobs For STEM: Big Data, IT Product Management

Today's skills development in these fields could mean tomorrow's payday, according to a recent report.
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kstaron
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3/30/2015 | 2:52:06 PM
Next Gen Jobs
Now I want to ask my elementary school daughter "Hey Sweetie, you wanna be a mechanical engineer when you grow up right?" It's not surprising that STEM jobs are on the rise as more and more things require computers to operate. Let's hope these predictions are on the mark so the next generation of kids doesn't have to move back in with thier parents after racking up college loans and not having any work available. now excuse me while I go talk up math and computer jobs to my little one.
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3/28/2015 | 10:21:44 AM
For sale by owner
If the CEB's jobs outlook prediction is as accurate as the rosy forecasts that have been sugar coated by the BLS dot gov and/or economists published in the mainstream media since the subprime meltdown in 2008, then the US economy will actually have enough full time jobs to accommodate anyone who wants one.  And I have some beautiful beach front property in Nebraska to sell to anyone who is interested.  
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3/27/2015 | 11:34:32 PM
Re: Tob Jobs For Stem: Big Data, IT Product Management
Electrical and mechanical engineering will definitely have a future. They are the base for IT development. 
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3/23/2015 | 2:36:17 PM
Re: Tob Jobs For Stem: Big Data, IT Product Management
On the one hand, considering that the report is meant to cover all of STEM (which I take to mean everything from scientific research up to applied physics), it may be somewhat surprising just how much of it seems to intersect corporate IT - from the hardware design to the project management, these are mostly things connected in some way to that world. On the other hand, when zeroing in on IT, there are definitely still some surprises on what is (and isn't) on this list. The product management is definitely one, purely because, as you mention, I don't tradtionally think of it is an IT job. You make a strong case for it, Kevin, but I'm still surprised to see it here over other choices like traditional (non-cloud) software development.

I also expected some combination of mobile, networking/wireless, and virtualizion specialists to make the list. Is product management here  because it was projected to have higher growth by CEB, or because you thought it was more important to highlight? Electrical and mechanical engineers are not so much surprising in their presence, but maybe in the sheer extent of their growth - and, now that I think about it, their broadness (along with hardware design) may account for a lack of some categories people might have expected to see, in that they cover those jobs as well. I tend to be skeptical of projections this far out, but this is definitely a worthy snapshot of years to come in IT.
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3/23/2015 | 1:21:02 PM
No huge surprises here
Nice to see Product Managers will still have some steady work in the IT arena, not to mention those with Big Data and Cloud skillsets.  Personally, I am really excited to see how the next generation of IT folks tackle designing new devices, especially in the IoT space. 
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