According to the National Women's Information Technology Center (NCWIT), the US Department of Labor has estimated that 1.4 million computer-related jobs will be available in the United States between 2010 and 2020. At current IT graduation rates, we can expect only 32% of those jobs will be filled with IT graduates American. The National Women's Council states that although women occupy about 57% of occupational occupations in the United States, only 26% of computing occupations are occupied by women. Worse still, only 3 percent of these jobs are held by African-American women, 5 percent from Asian women, and only 2 percent of Hispanic / Latino women.
The computing industry has failed to bring women into the field, and unfortunately, keeping bad is weak. Women are leaving industry at amazing rates, according to NCWIT. In general, the number of people graduating with a degree in computer or information science has decreased steadily since 2004. There is an acute shortage of talent in information technology. Payroll for.net and other popular technologies are the highest on the rise and the need for developers is increasing. Businesses are in near crisis position as they struggle to retain and attract IT talent. American women with computer science degrees can help bridge some of these gaps.
Personally, I have been a woman in the field of information technology since the late seventies when I graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Director of Management Information Systems in the company that I worked for, I noticed that I have been programming in my CV. At the time, I was just making a summer break before continuing my education in interior design. He struggled with a lack of programmers so at the time, I made a very profitable offer as a full-time programmer, which I accepted. I never thought I would stay in this field, but over the years I realized that I was heading into a career in the IT field. Strange that this was not my passion but the money was good and the opportunities were unparalleled for a woman in the eighties.
The software development career path led me to work with managers and co-workers in a highly male-dominated field. Even from the customer’s point of view, all of the top management’s meals and lunches that I was at appeared at a round table of the right men with a small woman that suits me. I never thought much about that. My views and work were very respectful. Knowing the software and creating the most necessary commercial software for a "20 thing" woman provided opportunities that I could not get in most other areas. Besides getting great compensation, the work was challenging and worked with company directors at the highest levels.
One of the best things about software development is that you meet business needs. The experience of sitting with key players in the best companies and working with them to develop programs that make their business better is a great experience. Moreover, technology is exciting to work as there is always something new to learn and a new development perspective.
I encourage developers to take a field trip to visit users who perform their daily tasks using the program written by the developer. There is no better feeling than watching people doing their jobs or playing a game with something you created. Moreover, if you work for a national software manufacturing company, there are people across the country in many companies, offices, or homes who use something that they have produced. It's like a song that people listen to every day and enjoy it. As a developer, you can create a program that is used daily and that you enjoy.
Software developers create tools that make the world more efficient. Companies rely on programs to cut costs and increase revenue and profitability. The career path for software developers is extensive and offers a host of benefits, including some of the highest salaries. The IT field is broad and IT managers, designers, team leaders, programmers, testers and more are needed.
Although I am an IT woman, before analyzing some statistics, I have never realized that there is a lack of diversity in this industry. Even in my own company, we have a 4 to 1 ratio of men to women in development homes. This statistic is even worse when evaluating incoming job applications.
There are strong reasons for women to consider development roles. First, unemployment statistics are favorable for IT jobs. Also, technology companies are generally profitable which means some additional job security. The work is very interesting, difficult and always changing. You can get creative. Job growth is steadily increasing. High competitive salaries are the standard issue. There is no difference in wages between men and women in information technology (for similar experience and education skills). This was confirmed by the Dice.com® Salary Survey.
Why isn't there more women in technology? Good question. Working in the IT field can change life, and the first step for women taking a role in development is to make the need for developers known. Let's get this pipeline flow. University students should explore this field, speak to technology companies and learn more about how to code symbols. The future of information technology depends on it.