With the recent downturn of the economy and ballooning unemployment, recent polls are reporting that the strongest hiring markets are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Rapid advances in technology and innovation have bolstered the need for companies to sustain investment in engineering and science-related staff. The pace of innovation has not slowed and to remain competitive, the need for highly qualified STEM professionals is also expected to remain high.
And there’s more to be excited about in STEM. Engineering -and science-focused careers are very rewarding and STEM-focused companies tend to have progressive management practices and advanced environments. The reason is that these companies tend to be knowledge-centric and have a need to construct work environments that inspire creativity and innovation – think Hewlett Packard, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. And for every well-known large company, there are hundreds of smaller pioneering companies
providing equally innovative careers and work environments.
STEM-focused employers generally offer a wide spectrum of programs that generate a rich and rewarding work environment. For example, many STEM-focused companies have active outreach programs for recruiting women and minorities and have rich leadership development programs. These companies have come to realize that a highly diverse workforce has positive implications for innovation and creativity.
Another popular benefit is that many technology-centric companies offer rich family-friendly environments; with prime offerings such as mentoring, telecommuting and flex time. AGI, recognized year-over-year for its best-in-class work environment
is a good example. We offer
flexible schedules, including part-time arrangements, telecommuting and on-site concierge-like services for employees. It truly is a great place to work. Choosing a supportive environment makes a non-traditional career choice all the more rewarding.