5 Reasons Why Women Should Consider a Career in IT

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: June 12, 2014

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From the outside, the IT world can sometimes seem like a “boys’ club.” However, the industry is working hard to change its image and bring women into the tech sphere. Just a  quick Google search will yield plenty of results from organizations and companies working  to encourage and support women in STEM from the classroom to the boardroom. There are plenty of reasons why women should consider a career in IT:

  • Companies are seeking female employees. Currently, only 1 in 4 IT professionals are women and only 18% of IT degree recipients are female. For women, there is less uncertainty in the tech industry. Female tech professionals are extremely marketable as hiring managers strive to diversify their teams.

  • The pay gap is relatively small. Women in many professions are paid less than their male counterparts, but in the tech world, the gap is one of the smallest. Women in IT professions make 89% of what their male counterparts make. The analysis included not only Silicon Valley jobs, but all types of companies that hire tech professionals.

  • There are plenty of female role models. On Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women, 18 of them are executives in some of the world’s largest tech companies. They include the likes of Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, and Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard.

  • The IT industry is very accepting. Companies want to diversify by hiring women, but it’s not about an image. They recognize the potential talent that many young women possess. Camps and workshops have been established to spark an interest in STEM in high school girls, and President Obama himself has recently called for a push to get more young women interested in IT. The industry is open to making a lasting change that will invite more female tech professionals.

  • Hours can be flexible. For those women out there who don’t want to compromise family for a career, the IT industry is a great place to find your niche. A lot of work is project based, and there are plenty of part-time work opportunities as a contractor. Many projects have flexible hours and work from home benefits.

So, think a tech job might be for you? Check out our job boards to get started, or reach out to one of our recruiters to discuss career options.

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