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Recycling & Materials Management

In 2013, the COE surveyed over 230 Recycling & Materials Management (R&MM) firms in California to better understand their workforce needs. Survey results indicate that more than 14,000 jobs could be created over the next two years, representing a 10% job growth rate over the period. More+

Focus on Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is an essential part of the state and regional economies and each year, billions of dollars in products are manufactured in California. This report focuses on the growth and job requirements of eight manufacturing occupations. When surveyed, employers projected creating nearly 1,800 new jobs in these 8 occupations over the next five years. More+

STEM in 20

STEM in 20, a COE research project in collaboration with the Institute for the Future (IFTF), takes an explorative look at innovations affecting workforce trends in the next 20 years, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM in 20+

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Mt San Jacinto College

STEM in 20

Today's Innovation : Tomorrow's Jobs

STEM in 20, a research and planning project of the COE in collaboration with the Institute for the Future, takes an explorative look at industry innovations affecting workforce trends in the next 20 years, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


What is STEM in 20?

The STEM in 20 project was developed to assist community college and k-12 partners discuss workforce trends with students from a unique perspective - more than 20 years into our future, what innovations and trends will have become mainstream? And where is it likely that advances in science and technology will create new products, new paradigms and new job opportunities? More+

In the first phase, STEM in 20 consists of three series of reports: Drivers of Change, Industries of the Future, and Jobs of the Future. These are all intended to inform and engage - infusing a long-term perspective into curriculum development conversations and providing career counseling services with information and tools to inspire students.

Moving forward, the second phase of the STEM in 20 project will bring educators together in industry-focused workshops across the state to discuss how industry innovations are impacting career technical education in today's classroom and how to prepare students for tomorrow's workplace. Contact the COE to learn more about the upcoming events.

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Drivers of Change in California

Drivers are important starting points for creating forecasts - plausible, internally consistent visions of the future. Drivers of change are the deep underlying forces that will be shaping the future. When thinking about the future of jobs in California, the Institute for the Future identified the following seven drivers as key: health divide, de-institutionalization, energy, volatility and uncertainty, smart machines, new manufacturing, and big data. Learn more+

Implications for Education

The system of higher education in California will change more in the next 20 years than it has in the previous
100. In the Drivers of Change report, five implications for education are drawn from the forecasts most relevant to community college leaders and educational innovators as they think about preparing the workforce and citizens of the future. Educational and community leaders can use these insights, and many others suggested in the report, to create action steps to continue to prepare for the future.

Industries of the Future

STEM in 20 identified a short list of industry sectors vital to the California economy and the opportunities they hold for the future of the state's workforce. The Industries of the Future were chosen for their relationship to the Drivers of Change and for the opportunity they present in advancing an innovation economy.

Jobs of the Future

The Jobs of the Future profiles were developed to connect existing career concentrations to industry innovations with the goal of envisioning potential new occupations. While these particular job titles may or may not materialize, the underlying job tasks, skills, and abilities of the work most likely will take form as new technologies and innovations bring about change.

Book to App Converters Matter Programmers Smart Grid Game Mechanics
Chef-Farmers Neuromarketers Space Haulers & Recyclers
Cognitive Ecologists Personal Care Coordinators Talent Aggregators
Data Intensive Nurses Pre-Crime Analysts Urban Agriculturalists
Digital Archaeologists Self-Quantification Coaches Visual Analytics Experts
Ethno-Cultural Ambassadors Smart Contacts Developers  
Global Sourcing Managers Smart Dust Programmers  

The STEM in 20 project was made possible by an SB70 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.