May 18, 2018  |  Purdue University Global

Study after study demonstrates that diversity is good for business. And whereas the information technology field has long been predominantly male, it offers many opportunities for women looking for a growing career in a high-tech economy.

What kind of jobs are available in IT? Roles include:

  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Information security analysts
  • Software developers
  • Web developers
  • Computer network architects
  • Computer network support specialists
  • Database administrators
  • Network and computer systems administrators
  • Computer and information research scientists

This infographic details how companies benefit from gender diversity, the job growth projections for various information technology occupations, the leading tech companies that employ (relatively) high numbers of women, and the best U.S cities for women in IT.

Women in IT: A World of Opportunity [Infographic]

Purdue University Global is an online public university that’s tailored to the needs of working adults. We offer a wide variety of information technology degree and certificate programs in a flexible online format that enables students to earn a degree while working and tending to family and life obligations. Request more information today.

Women in IT: A World of Opportunity [Infographic] Content

Gender Diversity Is Good for Business

Diversity drives innovation and boosts profitability—it’s as simple as that.

  • Higher levels of diversity are associated with success, including increased financial returns and higher employee satisfaction.
  • Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on their executive teams are 15% more likely to have above-average profits than their industry average.
  • Those same companies with gender-diverse executive teams are 27% more likely to outperform their low-ranking peers on value creation.

Whereas the IT Industry Still Lacks Gender Diversity…

Women make up 57% of the U.S. workforce, but they hold only 25% of all computing jobs.

…The Future Is Bright in IT

  • By 2026, employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13%, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Some subset occupations are growing even faster:
    • Web developers: 15%
    • Computer and information research scientists: 19%
    • Software developers: 24%
    • Information security analysts: 28%

Demand in these workers is driven by an increase in cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

Tech Companies Leading the Way

LinkedIn

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 30%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 18%

Ebay

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 29%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 24%

Apple

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 28%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 22%

Yahoo

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 24%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 16%

Facebook

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 23%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 16%

Google

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 22%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 18%

Twitter

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 22%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 13%

Microsoft

  • Percentage of women in leadership jobs: 17%
  • Percentage of women in technology jobs: 17%

The Top 10 Cities for Women in Tech

Based on 4 factors:

  • The gender pay gap
  • Income after housing costs
  • Women’s representation in the workforce
  • Percent growth in employment

1. Washington, DC

2. Kansas City, MO

3. Baltimore, MD

4. Philadelphia, PA

5. Albuquerque, NM

6. St. Paul, MN and 7. Arlington, VA (tie)

8. New Orleans, LA

9. New York, NY

10. Indianapolis, IN

Are You Ready to Learn More About a Career in IT?

A degree in information technology can help you succeed in a high-tech economy.

Sources

1. Gender Diversity Is Good for Business: McKinsey & Company–Delivering Through Diversity; McKinsey & Company–Why Diversity Matters

2. Whereas the IT Industry Still Lacks Gender Diversity: All statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

3. The Future Is Bright in IT: All statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

4. Tech Companies Leading the Way: The Wall Street Journal–Diversity in Tech

5. The Top 10 Cities for Women in Tech: SmartAsset–The Best Cities for Women in Tech in 2018


About the Author

Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers a fully personalized, world-class education online that's tailored for adults. We offer 180 programs, including associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees as well as certificates, in areas such as business, IT, education, health sciences, nursing, criminal justice, and more.


Your path to success begins here


Request more information on the online courses Purdue University Global has to offer.

Request Info

Your path to success begins here


Request more information on the online courses Purdue University Global has to offer.

Request Info
Sign in with LinkedIn