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blackdog
May 21, 2012

Why are women so underrepresented in IT careers?

I don't know the exact percentages, but I think that it is fair to say that the majority of individuals in IT are male. Why is this the situation? I work at a pretty progressive company, and even here, I would guess the ratio is 4 males for every 1 female in IT. At best. It certainly isn't the quality of work or ability, I see the same sort of competence (and incompetence) from both genders. So, what is keeping IT from being a more gender neutral career choice?

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bralphye
05/22/2012

Males have traditionally been over-represented in science, math and engineering fields.  However, this is changing, with females now constituting the majority of college graduates.  There is also decreased social pressure for gender specific occupations.  For example, male nurses used to be unusual, now it is so common as to go unnoticed.  I suspect this will take place with women in IT over time as well.  To some degree it already is, with an increasing number of women IT professionals evident in my corner of the world, although the majority are still men. 

 

I also have a pet theory, that is only supported by my own empirical "data": more females are playing video games, so there will be likely be more female IT professionals in the future.  Most of the younger guys I know in IT either are active gamers, or at least have a gaming background.  I think gaming experience "primes the pump" for people to become interested in technology.  It also personifies hardware in a way that is unique.  If you think I am exaggerating, just go to a gaming site and read the fanboy posts, then tell me that they don't feel an emotional connection to the hardware.  So looking into my crystal ball, I predict greater gender equality in IT jobs as gender equality occurs in gaming.  It may just be my crackpot theory, but I'll still throw it out there.    

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sandeepseeram
05/22/2012

IT - Information Technology or you can call it Information & Communication Technology is a industry with different sectors:

1. ICT Services

2. Softwares

3. Telecommunication

3. Outsourcing and many more

What you said is true, in ICT Services & Telecommunication sector you will see less females because of ability and quality factors, but in Software & Outsourcing you will see more women...

 

 

Sandeep Sereram

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sandeepseeram
05/22/2012

IT - Information Technology or you can call it Information & Communication Technology is a industry with different sectors:

1. ICT Services

2. Softwares

3. Telecommunication

3. Outsourcing and many more

What you said is true, in ICT Services & Telecommunication sector you will see less females because of ability and quality factors, but in Software & Outsourcing you will see more women...

 

 

Sandeep Sereram

jimlynch
05/21/2012
I think there are actually more women in IT now than in years past. However, it really is up to women to pick their careers these days. It may very well be that some simply prefer other kinds of jobs, and aren't enamoured with technology.

That's perfectly fair and reasonable on their parts. Not everybody is really cut out for IT, the women that are certainly have many more career options in that field these days. But that doesn't mean there will be a huge influx of women into IT.

But it's nice that the option is there, if women choose to pursue it.
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