Friday, December 20, 2013

Improving Hispanic Presence in STEM Jobs

Hispanic or Latino” is “a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.  See:

Latest labor statistics on Hispanics show both positive and negative outcomes.

Unemployment numbers for U.S. Hispanics saw a year-over-year improvement in August and held steady month to month, according to figures released by the Labor Department.
The number of unemployed Americans was little changed at 11.3 million in August, for an overall rate of 7.3 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. The seasonally adjusted rate for U.S. Hispanics was 9.3 percent in August, down slightly from 9.4 percent in July.

Table A-3. Employment status of the Hispanic or Latino population by sex and age

However, in another recent news, growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations – commonly referred to as STEM jobs – has slowed since the 1990s, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Women's employment in STEM has slowed because their share in computer occupations declined to 27 percent in 2011 after reaching a high of 34 percent in 1990. Blacks and Hispanics also remain under-represented in STEM jobs.

Thus, it is just timely that, as reported in a recent news, scores of Hispanic professionals will enlist in a role model program in New York City on Sept. 12 that will put them in middle school classrooms to inspire students to excel and go on to higher education. Read full story at: 

Also, in a very recent news article, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) announced the recipients of this year's prestigious STAR Awards, recognizing key contributors in the Hispanic community in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering (STEM).
The honorable STAR Awards are presented annually by SHPE, recognizing individuals and corporations nationally for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts to the growth and advancement of Hispanic students and professionals pursuing STEM careers. Read more at:

It should also be noted in a 2009 lecture by John F. Alderete, professor at Washington State University, at the 2009 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers conference, he told students: In order to be a competitive Hispanic STEM student, you must be focused, completely absorbed in your coursework. The word “competitive” means that you will have what it takes to become someone special. Someone special gets accepted into graduate school. –

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1 comment:

Bruce Hammerson said...

Unemployment in the U.S. is at its highest since the mid-80’s, college graduates are struggling to find jobs in their respective fields, and the so-called ‘American Dream’ is slipping farther out of reach. Yet, there are 3.2 million available jobs in this country in the STEM.

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