Solar Energy

June 24th, 2016

The first silicon solar cell, the precursor of all solar-powered devices, was built by Bell Laboratories in 1954. Soon after, The New York Times stated that this discovery marked, “the beginning of a new era, leading eventually to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams — the harnessing of the almost limitless energy of the sun for the uses of civilization.”

Today, demand for solar in the United States is at an all-time high. The amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased more than 23 times over the past eight years — from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 27.4 GW at the end of 2015. That’s enough energy to power the equivalent of 5.4 million average American homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The U.S. is currently the third-largest solar market in the world and is positioned to become the second. Still, the biggest hurdle to affordable solar energy remains the soft costs such as  permitting, zoning and rigging a solar system up to the power gird. On average, local permitting and inspection processes could add more than $2,500 to the total cost of a solar energy system and even take up to six months to complete. Many major US companies have resorted to using solar energy leading consumer goods stores such as Walmart, Walgreens, and Target have installed around 150 solar grid systems to cut down on energy spending.

On a larger scale, the solar tech industry is constantly involved with governments from all over the world. Countries that seek to go green hire solar specialists to develop plans and technology to integrate into their most dense cities in hopes of increasing sustainable energy while also cutting costs. Due to international competition between the United States, China, & India’s major solar exporters, solar prices continue to fall, making solar energy is increasingly more affordable for the average homeowners and businesses from around the world. India’s Energy Minister, Piyush Goyal, says that the cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal. “I think a new coal plant would give you costlier power than a solar plant,” Goyal told the media at a press conference on April 2016.

And if the price keeps falling at a similar rate, it will soon drop significantly below coal, with some saying that by 2020, solar could be as much as 10 percent cheaper than coal power. Cheaper electricity sourced from the expansion of solar plants across the country could help make for a better, more reliable grid, and one that’s less harmful to Indians and the environment at large. California is one the few states currently spearheading energy reform in the United States. In June 2016, PG&E Corp.’s released a plan to shut California’s last nuclear power plant by 2025, which would cost approximately $15 billion if all its output is replaced with solar-generated electricity at current prices, according to Bloomberg analysts.

Moving into 2017, we can expect to see more countries and corporations move towards renewable energy. The growing solar industry will result in crucial development jobs becoming available for computer scientists, data analysts, construction experts, and marketing specialists alike.

Hiring: Seasonal & Technology

June 17th, 2016

SEASONAL HIRING TRENDS:

During winter time, holiday retailers now must deal with the overwhelming growth in e-commerce. Companies like Ebay and Amazon begin hiring a large volume of employees from call centers to packers for order fulfillment. Seasonal workers won’t only be needed for the holiday rush. Tax season (January to April) holds another extremely critical employment boom.

Just-in-time talent will always be popular with companies looking to limit labor costs. The challenge in 2016 will be to source qualified talent that’s willing to work onboard and offboard at the employer’s convenience. As the labor market tightens, many people who in recent years were open to seasonal jobs have by now have found full-time employment and demand is much stronger now than ever before. A key part of seasonal hiring relates to social media presence. In order to look for the most qualified employees, staffers must be willing to search through various professional social networking sites, namely Linkedin and Seelio.

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TECHNOLOGY HIRING TRENDS:

Tech giants begin scouting for talent in more unconventional ways.

Tech employers are seeking more innovative ways of recruiting talented coders. Currently, companies are investing in programs to seek out and even draw specialized talent to their doorstep. Social recruitment programs such as CodeFights and Hackathons challenge programmers to test themselves against their peers with a cash incentive- all while showing off their skills to potential employers. Large scale companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Google are taking the initiative to reach out and fund university hackathon programs in hopes of hiring talented seniors and new graduates.

3 Tech Hiring Trends for 2016

June 10th, 2016

Big Data
Companies are collecting massive amounts of data, but many are strapped for resources when it comes time to organize data in a practical way. In addition to creating new jobs, data is becoming a necessary skill for those working in information technology. In 2015, the demand for big data skills increased over 70-percent for IT project managers and just under 50-percent for computer systems analysts. Many growing small-mid sized organizations have adopted more advanced technologies in the last few years so as to stay competitive in their markets. As such there is a growing ever need for positions such as data analysts to build and process large data sets.

Cloud
Whether its iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox, You can’t fire up a new device without being prompted to opt into some form of cloud storage.  It makes sense that with the rise of mobile devices, we all want to access our content seamlessly across devices, be it personal or for work. With ever growing servers of cloud storage, the need for more data analysts and security professionals also rises.
In an Forbes article on the future of cloud computing jobs, journalist Louis Columbus says “There are 3.9 million jobs in the U.S. affiliated with cloud computing today with 384,478 in IT alone”. As cloud continues to move into the enterprise, there will be an even greater demand for workers skilled in cloud computing as well as cloud security. It makes sense that with the rise of mobile devices, we all want to access our content seamlessly across devices, be it personal or for work.

UI Engineers
Front-end development is just as important as back-end, and companies need user interface engineers who can help create intuitive and consumer focused mobile and Web applications. Whether it’s for enterprise or consumer facing apps, UI engineers are tasked with providing a seamless experience for the consumer. UI engineers will become increasing more necessary as more companies move to create software and mobile apps. Any company working with a digital product needs a UI engineer at some point in the design process of a project. As such, there is always a demand for UI Engineers to fill their roles in a continually growing tech industry.

The many uses of GIS

June 3rd, 2016

Geography Information Systems (GIS)  takes data from maps that were combined with information that can be displayed using one common route. After all the data have been entered into a GIS system, it can be combined to produce a wide variety of individual maps, depending on which data rules out to be the best. For instance,trying to rule out a faster route compared to the multiple other ways the route can be for one destination. Any GIS data layer can be added or subtracted to the same map, depending on the update.

 

They also can be used to show information that does not fully pertain to maps. For example, GIS can be used to show how many doctors there are in different areas compared with the population. They can also show what is near what, such as which homes and businesses are in areas prone to flooding.

 

GIS systems can also incorporate three dimensional images. This is useful, for geologists studying faults or to determine certain traffic ahead.  They can use satellite data to study topics such as how much of the polar regions is covered in ice. GIS can incorporate maps to do so much more than give you directions but help analyze and shorten data needed.This helps improve the  traditional process of drawing a map, which can be time-consuming and expensive.