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U.S. Government Releases National Strategic Plan for Quantum Workforce Development


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A related solicitation seeks proposals through the Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (ExpandQISE) program to launch QISE research and education activities for students at all levels and from all backgrounds.

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The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (SCQIS) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy's (OSTP) National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO) have stated that workforce development is a priority for the United States as part of the National Quantum Initiative. They have created this report to recommend several actions to evaluate the quantum workforce landscape, prepare more people for jobs with quantum technology, enhance STEM education at all levels, accelerate exploration of quantum frontiers and expand the talent pool for industries of the future.

The 34-page document focusses on four critical actions that will help meet these objectives including:

  1. Develop and maintain an understanding of the workforce needs in the QIST ecosystem, with both short-term and long-term perspectives;
  2. Introduce broader audiences to QIST through public outreach and educational materials;
  3. Address QIST-specific gaps in professional education and training opportunities; and
  4. Make careers in QIST and related fields more accessible and equitable.

The report proceeds to describe each action and make recommendations on activities for the government, industry, academia, and others to make progress in these areas. Progress of these activities can be measured in terms of the quantum journey a student might go through starting with first getting inspired to pursue a career in quantum technologies and ending with a career in a quantum related field.

 

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