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February 9, 2011

2011 IT: The Year of the Woman?

Filed under: Dan Green,Technology Industry — techimage @ 11:47 am

Last week, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Educational Foundation announced the formation of the Women in Information Technology Council.

In its press release, CompTIA included some interesting (and troubling) stats from the National Center for Women & IT:

  • Only 25 percent of IT-related jobs were filled by women in 2009 – a decrease from 36 percent in 1991.
  • In 2008, only 18 percent of computer and information science degrees were awarded to women – down from 37 percent in 1985.

Before seeing this data, I knew the industry had low representation among women, based on my work with the Society for Information Management, which organized SIM Women a few years ago to help women advance their careers in IT. What surprised me was that the number of women in the industry had declined so dramatically over the past 25 years.

The CompTIA Educational Foundation helps underserved portions of the population to start careers in IT – including military veterans, the disabled, youth at risk and dislocated workers, and the new council will help women in these demographic segments by providing an opportunity to obtain free education and training.

It’s a great move by the association to help attract more women to the male-dominated industry, and an important one. Baby boomers are starting to retire from the workforce, and the overall number of students pursuing IT degrees has declined significantly since the tech bust in the early 2000s. In the coming years there will be literally millions of job openings in the IT industry, and by welcoming more women into the IT work force, we can keep those jobs in the U.S.

Women interested in starting a career in IT can find more information from CompTIA’s Educational Foundation at www.comptia-ef.org. For women who are already in IT who want to advance their careers, check out SIM Women at http://www.simnet.org/?page=SIM_Women.

– By Dan Green

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2 Comments »

  1. Great to hear about this – and have forwarded it to our local MN not-for-profit organization, WomenVenture, who has a specific initiative – Women can do IT – to help women get started in IT.
    Perhaps there’s a collaborative approach that could work here?
    http://www.womenventure.org/career.cfm?CatID=150

    Comment by applepiemom — February 9, 2011 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks applepiemom! I’ll forward the link you provided on to our contacts at CompTIA and SIM.

    Comment by Dan Green — February 14, 2011 @ 9:40 am | Reply


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