Thursday, July 1, 2010

Technology Jobs Expected to Grow, but Women are Exiting the Industry

Jobs in the technology field are expected to grow faster than any other professional industry over the next decade. Unfortunately, even though tech is a growth sector, it does with a disproportionately low amount of women. A recent study shows that 56% of women in technology companies leave their jobs mid-career. Another sobering statistic is that in 1991 women held 36% of all IT related jobs, in 2008 that number had dropped to 25%. In this day and age with the struggle to find good talent these numbers are staggering, especially considering recent studies show women outpacing men in the adoption and usage of social media. Of course this problem is not localized to the tech sector, the science and engineering industries have the same problem. Clearly something in the system is broken, but the question is how to fix it.

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