Archive for November, 2015
A major component of creating a successful career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math industries (STEM) is to continually educate yourself. With new technologies developing every day, it takes a lot of effort to research new certifications and degrees needed to “climb the ladder” in your profession.
To become certified, you sign up to take courses that will increase your knowledge of your desired industry. Graduate school is also a great route to take in the long run. The more experience and knowledge you have, the better. However, it can be hard to know what specific certifications are needed. The TRC Professional Solutions team of recruiters have offered a few key certifications that they look for to fill specific positions.
If you are interested in applying for Networking and Systems jobs, look into becoming CCNA, CCNP, MCSE and MCSA certified. If you are able to understand these 5 certifications, you will be able to use Cisco Systems. Just to give you an idea, Cisco Systems is used worldwide in North America, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin American and the Middle East.
If you are leaning more towards the Security route, check into becoming CISSP and CEH certified. To become a “Certified Ethical Hacker”, it will take a little more dedication than the other certifications listed above. It takes a bit longer and is a more expensive route, but it’s worth it. If you learn these systems, you could literally be hacking into corporations systems to find their defaults! Being CEH certified is pretty rare and will make your resume stand out to recruiters.
Finally, if you’re interested in understanding Science and Technology Languages, get your Matlab certification. This will help you manage everything from computer vision – to database reporting and connectivity. Companies like to use Matlab because it is like a programming language for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s also used for science and applications.
With any career, the more certifications, qualifications, and experience you have – the better. This is especially true for the STEM industries. Do you have other certifications that you feel are desirable?
It’s no secret, there are not enough women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math industries. The U.S. Department of Commerce showed women – compared to men – only make up of 24% of STEM jobs. Why is this? Why are there so few women?
A research report by AAUW showed that women face environmental and social barriers that prevent progress. These barriers include everything from stereotyping to gender biases. How can these biases be defeated to create a level playing field for Women in STEM? By generating more interest in the next generation of women.
Most STEM positions require a degree, which is why it is so important to start educating younger generations now. One specific group dedicated to doing just that is women from Empire Company Limited, which recently partnered with a local non-profit organization named Sacred SISTAHS to run workshops for over 150 African American girls ages 13-18. These girls are being educated and given opportunities to speak with influential women in these four industries. For some of the girls, it’s their first experience with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and it’s sparking an interest!
Another way influential leaders are helping to develop diversity is by mentoring women at an early age. They are fighting the stereotypes that girls in STEM are “nerdy”, and are providing contacts and networks for these young women’s futures.
In addition, the White House Council on Women and Girls is collaborating with The Office of Science and Technology to increase women and girls participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math industries.
One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.”
— President Barack Obama, February 2013
With the STEM industries projected growth from 2008-2018 to be 17%, how could women not want to focus on receiving degrees to better their current job, or find a future one? Rightfully so, STEM workers receive 33% higher wages compared to non-STEM positions.
Are you interested in applying for open STEM positions now? Check out TRC Professional Solutions job board for current available positions.
Are you looking to define and shape your career? Interested in finding a position that is in high demand with opportunity for growth? It might be time for you to take a look at Development Operation, also known as DevOps.
DevOps is a term that has only been around for about 6 years now, but it is in high demand for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math industries (STEM). DevOps is one of the fastest growing skills sets in the country and it is extremely competitive. It should be! With companies such as Google, Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix seeking candidates to fill these positions, the costs to hire professionals with these skills is skyrocketing. It’s in such high demand that recruiters are having trouble finding candidates to fill positions because they are being taken off the market within 2-3 days.
Why is this position in such high demand? Why are these DevOps candidates so desirable? Companies are seeking candidates to fill these positions because it incorporates software development, communication, quality assurance, and collaboration with team members. This position mitigates a lot of headaches between programmers and system administrators that manage servers. Basically, a DevOps position acts as the middleman. It makes operations run smoothly and helps organizations achieve optimal running of software.
There are a few basic qualifications needed for a career in DevOps. First, a solid understanding of Python or similar scripting experience is a must. Candidates also need expertise in Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP stack). Knowledge of automation tools is also required, as well as knowledge of infrastructure related projects. Get these skills and you can start applying for this in demand position!
Are you interested in pursuing a DevOps career and want to be sure you find the right company? Utilize TRC Professional Solutions recruiters. They are constantly searching the market to find prime candidates to fill in demand positions.