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Jun 15, 2018

Thanks to technology, much of the world as we know it now will be vastly different in just a few decades. Sixty-five percent of children entering primary school today will work in jobs that don’t yet exist. As careers become increasingly technology-focused, access to proper skills training will be essential.

The skills we focus on acquiring must reflect our society’s future. Across the board, interest in STEM subjects is growing fast. STEM is growing quickly, especially in the Midwest of the U.S. According to findings at Varsity Tutors, interest in STEM is not only growing quickly across the U.S. but specifically in the Midwest.

Their data revealed that the Midwest is showing more initiative than the traditional tech hubs (like San Francisco) in STEM skills development. Contrary to what people might think, leading tech hubs like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City are actually not the main source of STEM education growth.

In fact, the largest growth isn’t based in the Bay Area (which saw a 3% decrease in STEM tutoring from 2017-2018). Instead, it’s in the Midwest. Midwestern cities, for instance, saw 40% more growth year over year than the national average in computer science tutoring.

The findings of these reports suggest that you don’t need to be in Silicon Valley to find work. Engineers and developers no longer need to be stationed in a traditional tech hub to find work in tech. With the shifting job market, tech workers can now live anywhere.

I wanted to find out more about how AI and machine learning are continuing to change how Americans interact with technology, and how many are eager to learn more about the technology and how to apply it. On today's episode of this tech podcast, I chat with Kevin Gaugush from Varsity Tutors.

I wanted to find out more about how Varsity Tutors' mission to help people learn and their vision to seamlessly connect experts and learners in any subject, anywhere, anytime. I found myself inspired by their motto of forever learning and always growing.