Monthly Archives: September 2009

New Report: Shortage of Hispanics in Technology

I’ve written before regarding the lack of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) careers. Research conducted by the Latino Technology Alliance (LTA) provides additional data as well as further recommendations to address the issue. Among the key findings:

In 2007 Latinos age 18 or over comprised 13.2 percent of the US population but were employed in only 5.5 percent of information technology jobs nationally and only 5.8 percent of key non‐IT high technology jobs.

In 2000 and 2007 Latinos in Illinois comprised a lower share of IT workers than the national share (4.1 percent and 4.8 percent respectively). They also did less well in non‐IT high technology employment than the nation as a whole in 2000 (4.1percent), but grew at a faster than average rate by 2007 to a 7.9 percent share.

Latinos in science and engineering (S & E) earn lower median salaries than all S & E workers, $60,000 for Latinos in 2003 compared to $66,000 for all S & E workers. 

Latinos are at an educational disadvantage in pursuing careers in STEM occupations as evidenced by low scores in standardized tests in mathematics and literacy.

Educational intervention programs have been shown to be critical factors in increasing Latinos’ entry into the STEM pipeline.

Schools that serve minority students in areas of concentrated poverty have less access to computers, have limited access to the internet, are less likely to use computers for complex forms of learning, and have teachers who less frequently use computers for instructional purposes. 

Knowledge about how to advance to college is low among Latino parents. Knowledge deficits were significantly greater among parents with lower income and educational backgrounds as well as among first‐generation immigrants. 

Since many Latino students are the first in their family to attend college, they may have poorly developed goals or may not be adept at navigating the pathways between coursework and career success; hence they may be overwhelmed with the choices that confront them in college.

Top Jobs for College Graduates

Via the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a list presenting the types of jobs 2009 college graduates were most likely to be offered. Teaching positions topped the list, according to a new report published by NACE’s Fall 2009 Salary Survey report lists teaching, management trainee, financial/treasury analysis, consulting, and sales positions as the top five jobs offered to 2009 graduates.

  • Teaching –  $35,496
  • Management Trainee  – $41,353
  • Financial/Treasury Analysis - $52,043
  • Consulting – $56,472
  • Sales – $41,577
  • Accounting (Public) – $49,437
  • Accounting (Private) – $45,859
  • Software Design & Development – $63,798
  • Registered Nursing – $45,229
  • Project Engineering – $58,570
  • Today's Round Up

    Hispanic-e-fluentials,” influential online consumers, spend more time interacting with others online – 30 hours per week, compared with the 25 hours spent by general-market e-fluentials. Interesting information supporting my earlier post on mobile recruiting.

    If you’re a small Hispanic-owned business in the start-up phase like AdMentis Hispanic Talent Solutions, the National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse (Hispanic BIC) is a free, bilingual web portal that provides critical business information to support the startup and growth of Hispanic-owned businesses. The Hispanic BIC is a collection of business-related articles, videos, local resources, demographics and tools that help Hispanic entrepreneurs successfully start and run a business.

    Virtual internships, where the intern never sets foot in the employer’s office, are growing in popularity, particularly for small and Web-based businesses.

    Hispanic Workforce: Under-Represented in Government Jobs

    The under-representation of Hispanic Americans in the Federal workforce has been an issue for a few decades. Almost 40 years ago, President Nixon supported a “Sixteen Point Program” intended to assure equal Federal government opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The plan not only emphasized recruitment but upward mobility opportunities. Unfortunately, an increased representation of Hispanics in Federal government has not kept pace with the increasing Hispanic population. Several challenges have attributed to this gap: geographic concentration of Hispanics, qualifications, education, and citizenship requirements.

    Jorge E. Ponce has been a long advocate for increasing Hispanic representation in the Federal workforce. He has penned a great commentary on the issue and shares some personal experiences. In order to address the discrepancy found in the Federal workforce, government agencies must continue to aggressively increase the hiring of Hispanic Americans annually. Implementing effective training and career advancement programs that will retain AND promote more Hispanic Americans need to be either reviewed or implemented. Finally, agencies must be held responsible for employing these strategies aimed at increasing Hispanic representation.

    Gotta Love It

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a New York Yankees fan from the Bronx, New York, is escorted to the pitching mound before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees played the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

    Hispanic Education: Opportunities and Challenges

    The 2009 Tomás Rivera Lecture explores the opportunities and challenges provided by the rapidly growing school-age Hispanic population in the United States. It describes how despite educational progress, the Hispanic achievement gap persists. This report documents Hispanic demographics, growth trends, educational attainment and road blocks leading to Hispanic underrepresentation in higher education.

    Today's Round Up

    DiversityInc has a good article on how organizations are recruiting Hispanics by developing relationships very early in their educational careers.

    Google announces a scholarship targeting Hispanics in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). The announcement was made in conjunction with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Conference.

    Hispanics and other minorities are receiving the brunt of the economic downturn. Policy advocates from different minority organizations took part in a congressional hearing to voice their different perspectives. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing titled “The Silent Depression: How are Minorities Faring in the Economic Downturn” on Wednesday. Webcast and transcripts are available here.

    More debate on whether a college degrees make a difference in potential earnings. The New York Times provides an interesting article that drills down into the details.

    What will shape the future of education? Check out this map that outlines some intriguing trends.

    College Recruiting: Changing the Framework

    Chris Brogan is what you would call a “guru” of social media and its applications to numerous industries and situations. I just recently have begun to follow his blog and have learned a tremendous amount – not about things like Facebook or Twitter – but how new technology can change everything. A recent post on his blog discusses “frameworks” and how social media can indeed change business thinking and, ultimately, the way business is done. It got me thinking about new models, particularly in regards to recruiting and college recruiting models. The recruiting industry is still grappling with how social media tools can be used most effectively. But as Chris argues:

    When thinking about social media tools and how you’re looking to implement them in organizations, be sure to understand the frame of what you’re doing. Continue reading

    College Recruitment: Quick Links

    Now and then I’ll begin posting some “quick hit” links to college recruiting and Hispanic workforce related articles that I may not plunge into as compared to other posts. I come across a lot of this information and sometimes the articles themselves provide enough context – so enjoy! ; )

    Offsetting the Talent Gap with the Hispanic Workforce

    Many would argue that the success of any organization is founded on one vital element: its openness to new ideas; the ability of the organization to recognize and utilize the creative forces of its employees. Progress has always come from ideas and human ingenuity. However, globalization has made the competition for human ingenuity fiercer and harder to obtain. Many other countries now compete for the brightest minds, specifically in high-end technology and science. To remain competitive and innovative, organizations (and the United States) must fully exploit untapped talent pools that reside within its borders as well continue to attract new talent beyond its borders.

    An integral part of economic success in the United States has been the arrival of immigrant talent. Over the course of American history, the United States embraced scientific, intellectual, cultural, and entrepreneurial immigrants which have helped shape and enrich the country. Two recent examples are Sergey Brin, the Moscow-born co-founder of Google, and Hotmail cofounder Sabeer Bhatia,who grew up in Bangalore. Continue reading