Are Women Interested in the Computing Field?
You may have noticed that the tech industry is extremely male dominated. While there are a number of reasons for this, one of the most outstanding is simply the lack of interest that women seem to have for working in the tech industry. Let’s look at a few facts that show how women feel about working with computers as a career.
First of all, it is important to note that the number of computer classes being taken at universities across the US is higher than ever. There has been yet another huge boom in interest in tech-related careers. So are there any women in the current college generation wanting to make the computing industry their focus? A few, but not many. A study done in 2014 showed that less than 1 in 5 women took a computer science course. That means that over twice as many women in college are taking physics, calculus, or economics than those taking computer science. In fact, three times as many women are taking classes such as art history.
If you want to find the area of the tech industry where women are actually interested in being, then you need to check out the artistic side of computing. Nearly three-quarters of college women took a studio art class last year. That means you will be about four times more likely to find a woman designing your company logo than one who will integrate it into your website architecture.
Saying that the tech industry is male-dominate may be an understatement. The facts show, however, that this is not entirely the case due to things such as sexism in the workplace. College stats show that women just do not seem to be interested in working in the industry. Would our female readers like to weigh in on the topic? Feel free to leave a message in the comments section below.