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2017 Best Cities for Cybersecurity Professionals

It’s a good time to be working in cybersecurity. As hackers continue their onslaught, stealing information in sectors ranging from health care to retail sales, businesses will need experts in digital security to fight back. In the first half of 2016, more than 554 million records were breached – a 31% increase over the previous six months. Analysts expect significant growth in the industry: More jobs will come, and companies will spend more money to shore up security. Cybersecurity Ventures projects companies and consumers will spend $1 trillion globally over the next five years on cybersecurity. That’s a projected...

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H-1B reduced computer programmer employment by up to 11%, study finds IT prices lowered by around 2%

There would have been up to 11% more computer science jobs at wages up to 5% higher were it not for the immigration program that brings in foreign high-skilled employees, a new study finds. The study comes at a sensitive time, as tech titans including Facebook battle the immigration restrictions put forward by President Donald Trump. Though Trump has focused initially on restricting refugees, the fate of high-skilled immigrants is a matter of intense debate in the current Congress. The paper — by John Bound and Nicolas Morales of the University of Michigan and Gaurav Khanna of the University...

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The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.” But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only 8 percent of the nation’s coders. All the other millions? They’re more like Devon, a programmer I met who helps maintain a ­security-software service in Portland, Oregon. He isn’t going to get fabulously rich, but his job is stable and rewarding: It’s 40 hours...

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CompTIA 2017 TECNA DC FLY-IN

The Arizona Technology Council is once again participating in the annual 2017 CompTIA DC Fly-In organized by our national trade association TECNA (Technology Council’s of North America) and CompTIA.  The Council would like technology company executives representing our member companies to join our President + CEO, Steve Zylstra in meetings with each of the Congressional delegation offices on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. In addition, there will be a dinner on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30PM for the Arizona contingent, and informative panel sessions, followed by a reception and awards dinner on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Also on Wednesday...

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Robots will eliminate 6% of all US jobs by 2021, report says

Employees in fields such as customer service and transportation face a ‘disruptive tidal wave’ of automation in the not-too-distant future By 2021, robots will have eliminated 6% of all jobs in the US, starting with customer service representatives and eventually truck and taxi drivers. That’s just one cheery takeaway from a report released by market research company Forrester this week. These robots, or intelligent agents, represent a set of AI-powered systems that can understand human behavior and make decisions on our behalf. Current technologies in this field include virtual assistants like Alexa, Cortana, Siri andGoogle Now as well as...

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Trainee robot office manager Betty starts two month trial as artificial intelligence enters workplace

Team meetings will never be the same again for one work group who have taken on a humanoid staff member By: KIRSTIE MCCRUM A trainee office manager is set to begin a two month trial, but this is a new starter with a difference – because Betty is a ROBOT. The unusual colleague is about to launch her new career at The Transport Systems Catapult, based in Milton Keynes thanks to a team from the University of Birmingham. Betty will carry out tasks including patrolling the offices, assessing how many staff members are in the office outside working hours, monitoring...

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Losing Ground In Flyover America——Wanting For Work, Buried In Debt, Part 4

By: David Stockman   The flyover zones of America are wanting for work and buried in debt. That’s the legacy of three decades of Washington/Wall Street Bubble Finance. The latter has exported jobs, crushed the purchasing power of main street wages and showered the bicoastal elites with the windfalls of financialization. The graph below depicts the main street side of this great societal swindle at work. There are currently 126 million prime working age persons in the US between 25 and 54 years of age. That’s up from 121 million at the beginning of 2000. Yet even as this business cycle is rolling...

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5 Powerful Resources For Finding Remote Work Opportunities

PowerToFly founders Katherine Zaleski (left) and Milena Berry (right) are a powerful force for women who want to work remotely. Photo by: Samantha Casolari. By: Kavi Guppta Let’s cut to the chase: remote work is becoming a viable option for people seeking jobs, and companies hoping to fill roles. In August of 2015, Gallup noted that 37-percent of the U.S. population identified with “telecommuting” or remote working. A variety of evidence shows that flexible work options like remote working helped to create a better workplace with happier and productive people. So where are all of those remote friendly jobs? As...

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8 Tech Skills That Will Help You Land a Six-Figure Salary

By: Julie Bort According to job-hunting site Dice, employers are searching resumes for these words or phrases most frequently. In the tech industry, one day a skill is hot, the next it’s not. IT professionals spend a lot of their career learning, training, and trying to keep up. Job-hunting site Dice prides itself on helping IT pros navigate which skills to pursue. It just concluded an analysis of its database of 80,000-plus tech jobs from April 2015 through April 2016 to determine the fastest-growing skills based on job openings. We then crosschecked those skills against Dice’s annual-salary survey, published in February, which offered the average salary for jobs using those particular skills in 2015. The good news? All of them are part of jobs that command average salaries of over $110,000. No. 8: Cassandra, job openings up 32 percent, worth $147,811 Cassandra is a special kind of database called a NoSQL, which is part of the big-data trend. NoSQL databases can handle massive amounts of data, spread across cheaper, low-end servers. Cassandra was born at Facebook, but the company released it as a free and open-source project, and today it is used at companies including Apple, Comcast, Instagram, Spotify, eBay, Rackspace, and Netflix. No. 7: Hive, up 32 percent, worth $129,400 Hive is another skill in high demand as part of the big-data phenomenon, particularly a big-data tech called Hadoop. Hadoop is software to store all kinds of data across many low-cost computer servers. Hive provides...

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