Mary Thompson, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

A growing global population is fueling a hunger by companies to hire highly skilled workers for agriculture to help feed the world.

Mary Thompson reports spending on social media is fueling a hiring spree by media platforms and companies who need digitally savvy employees to handle their own social media strategy.

Ogden has been working on remaking itself for the last 16 years, continuously tweaking its “Renaissance Plan,” which was developed after the city was chosen to host the downhill ski events for the 2002 Olympics.

NASA is reviewing more than 6,000 applicants for astronauts but will select only eight to 14 for its new class. What it’s looking for.

For the last year or so, Goldman Sachs has been selling itself as a technology company.

As the recent data on Black Friday sales suggest, in-store shopping is becoming less popular as mobile phones and tablets let shoppers order stuff on the fly, in the car or anywhere they might be. It is a boon to online or multichannel retailers and to a pool of workers with the skill sets needed …

Sweetwater, Texas, 225 due west of Dallas, made its mark in the late 1800s as a railroad hub. Today, it’s known for the power of wind that blows in off the prairies. Sweetwater is the county seat of Nolan County, home to 1,371 turbines, according to Sweetwater’s Chamber of Commerce. It is also home to …

In his welcoming remarks to the pope at the White House, President Barack Obama noted the pontiff’s social media savvy. The president, citing Francis’ many firsts, said he was also “the first pontiff to share an encyclical through a Twitter account.” While Francis’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope to tweet, Francis and …

General Electric is planning to move 500 jobs overseas, citing the Export-Import Bank expiration. The jobs will be moving to France, Hungary and China. Four hundred jobs will move to France, and the remaining 100 split between China and Hungary. The jobs will be coming from Texas, South Carolina, Maine, and New York. GE has …

In a scene that will be repeated hundreds of times over the next three years, a small bridge in Pennsylvania is being replaced.

Critical to building better roads, is making better asphalt. It covers 97 percent of the roads in the United States, roads that by any account are in rough shape.

As a welder, 30-year-old Richard Hobson, spent his days fusing metals together to create secure joints. Today he is an intern working on securing Morgan Stanley’s data. “We are looking for any vulnerabilities, any threats that can compromise personal information and data that is highly regarded in that organization,” he said. Hobson is a graduate …

Mariah Walton leans forward and daubs a canvas with paint. At home, she works in oils, slowly building the paintings she has been doing since childhood. At work, she believes the skills that make her an artist, make her a better data scientist at LinkedIn. “I’m a visual learner. I actually see things in my …

Over the next eight weeks, high schools across the country will be letting out for summer, and that means there will be plenty of teenagers with time on their hands. If that time is not filled with a summer job, it could have long-term implications for their professional lives. “For kids who aren’t going to …

Behind the lobby in iRobot’s headquarters, a gaggle of small children and a few of their parents are getting a tour of the company’s “Cool Stuff Room.” On display is some of the cool stuff the company has developed during its 25-year history, including its best-known product, the Roomba vacuum cleaner. You can also see …