Monday, January 20, 2014

Another brilliant graphic from Beth Haas: STEM really is TE

Go over there and check it out -- a really stark representation of how computer technology is really where the employment (and the employment growth!) is.

In case you'd like to read further, here's the links to the Census Bureau reports she references. 


  1. Yep, jobs for TE, and for the rest of us - SM.

  2. You know, I don't really think the distribution is that far off of what it should be. In my humble experience I've found that mathematicians produce theories that are disseminated to a broader group of scientists. These scientists (be they physicists biolgist or chemists) then use these theories to try and develop a system of experiments to generate new materials, molecules, reactions, or take advantage of biochemical pathways. These findings are then developed by engineers into consumer products. Finally the technology folks have the job of making sure that the consumer products are working correctly. I realize this is a fairly black-and-white explanation and ignores the fact the line-blurring in that "engineer x" did front line research and developed their own mathematical model while "technologist y" wrote a program allowing "scientist z" to better understand, well whatever it is they are studying. The real point here is that the lack of R&D dollars are killing innovation in our current economy. At the top of the pyramid, mathematicians felt it first. Now the scientists are hurting. Eventually it will be the engineers that are out of jobs and finally the technologists won't have any new products to service.

    1. to this end I recommend "Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations: A Story of Economic Discovery" - David Walsh.