STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, four critical components of jobs and growth in the global economy.
Change. It's the only thing you can really count on. In New Jersey, the skill requirements of employers are constantly changing due to technological and communications advances. Nowhere is this more true than in New Jersey's cutting-edge industries.
Economic experts identified five key industries that are likely to require new workers and new skills in the next five years (2003 - 2008).
These industries are:
And what are the top skills employers look for in their job candidates? Want a hint? Many are not listed in the job description, but instead make up the new “basic skills” for today’s economy. The world of work is changing. From more value being placed on knowledge exchange, to more responsibility being placed on front-line workers, to an ever-changing global regulatory environment and concerns about ethics and security in the workplace, several key trends are changing the skills that workers in nearly all jobs need to develop.
Across dozens of industries, employers agree that they look for these skills in new hires and current workers:
Especially in today’s tight job market, students and jobseekers must find creative ways to showcase these important skill sets to employers in resumes, cover letters, and interviews.