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New York Times: As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring Hurdle

A rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away. That is providing opportunities to people who have long faced barriers to employment, such as criminal records, disabilities or prolonged bouts of joblessness… Employers are also becoming more flexible in other ways. Burning Glass Technologies, a Boston-based software company that analyzes job-market data, has found an increase in postings open to people without experience. And unemployment rates have fallen sharply in recent years for people with disabilities or without a high school diploma. Read more >>

Education Week: Computer, Data-Science Skills Worth Extra Across Job Market, Analysis Finds

Many of the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs require computer-science skills and the ability to work with data–but they aren’t programming jobs, and they don’t require a computer science degree. That’s the conclusion from a recent analysis of roughly 1 million online job postings between 2014 and 2016, conducted by Burning Glass Technologies, a job-market analytics firm, and Oracle Academy, the philanthropic arm of technology giant Oracle…. The idea, [CEO Matthew] Sigelman said, should be on graduating young people with a foundational understanding of computer science that can help launch them in whatever specific direction they choose as they get closer to work. “In order for students to have a [living-wage] job in the 21st century, they will need the modes of thought and analysis that align with computer-science education,” he said. “But we can’t say right now, ‘Hey, this specific skill or coding language will add $10,000 a year to your salary post-graduation.'” Read more >>

The Washington Post: NSA’s top talent is leaving because of low pay, slumping morale and unpopular reorganization

The National Security Agency is losing its top talent at a worrisome rate as highly skilled personnel, some disillusioned with the spy service’s leadership and an unpopular reorganization, take higher-paying, more flexible jobs in the private sector. The U.S. private sector is struggling to fill more than 270,000 jobs in cybersecurity, according to Burning Glass Technologies, a labor analytics firm. Total compensation for those jobs can reach $200,000 or more, meaning even relatively junior cyber professionals in the industry can make more than top officials at the NSA. Read more >>

USGlass News Network: Harvard Study: U.S. Has Potential to Triple Apprenticeships

The specialty trade and glazing industry are setting a new path for success through apprenticeships. A report conducted by Harvard Business School and Burning Glass Technologies show that “requiring a narrow set of specialized skills without heavy licensing, having largely stable workforces and consistently paying a living wage are the three necessary characteristics for a successful apprenticeship program.” The study suggests the U.S. can increase apprenticeship programs currently being used across 27 industries to a total of 74. Read more >>

Global Finance: Surge of Interest for Blockchain Developers

Blockchain development is now the most sought-after job skill, second only to robotics, says the newest quarterly index published by freelance-job website Upwork. Blockchain workers charge as much as $150 per hour…Job-data analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies also found a 115% increase from last year in postings for blockchain developers. Read more >>

The Atlantic: Do Employers Overestimate the Value of a College Degree?

Vocational education has a reputation for tracking low-income African-Americans and Latinos into low-wage jobs. [A study conducted by Burning Glass Technologies and Harvard Business School] however, implies that apprenticeships could play a role in increasing that same population’s chances of breaking out of poverty. Expanding apprenticeships to occupations that were previously reserved for college graduates would put individuals without degrees in entry-level positions that lead to more advanced careers by giving them in-demand work experience. Read more >>



Inside Higher Ed: Expanding Apprenticeships Across More Jobs

Apprenticeships are commonly identified with skilled trades such as welding and carpentry, but new research indicates that expanding apprenticeships into other occupations would lead to more job opportunities.

Researchers from Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future Work Project and Burning Glass Technologies, a labor market analytics company, found that the number of occupations that commonly use apprenticeships could be expanded — from 27 to 74.


Education Dive: Gordon Gee: For higher ed to survive, we’ve got to ‘blow up the box’

Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, added that higher ed needs to “be able to map the language of academia to the language of the job market.”

“There’s already a long tail of credentials that have no value with employers — certificates have even less,” he said. “We’ve tended to address this with a supply-driven mentality,” he continued, saying higher ed is administered based on the majors a school has available, forcing students to choose a path based on what’s being offered. Read more >>

NH Business Review: New data shows continued strong demand in NH for cyber pros

The demand for cybersecurity professionals remains strong across New Hampshire, according to new data from CyberSeek, a workforce and career resource developed jointly by tech industry trade organization CompTIA and labor market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies. New Hampshire employers posted 573 cybersecurity job openings during the 12-month period that ended in September 2017, according to the data. New Hampshire’s cybersecurity workforce supply and demand ratio of 3.1 is above the national average of 2.6 for cybersecurity workers, according to the data. The national average for all jobs is 5.6. Read more >>