Monday, August 14, 2017

Interesting stats #OpenBook Blog Hop

As many of you know, my paying job is in IT, a very male-dominated field. How male dominated? Let me give you some stats.

According to a 2014 article in Tech Republic, women make up 26% of the computing workforce. That's only a quarter, folks. I will give my employer credit where credit is due, because we're closer to, but not quite at 50/50.

In the mid-1980's, 37% of computer science majors were women, in 2012, only 18%. So despite all the talk of encouraging women in technology fields, it's not working.

In May of 2014, only 30% of the Google workforce was female. Other big tech companies had similar stats.

A study done by the Harvard Business school showed only 7% of venture capitol funding goes to women-owned businesses.

Yet a 2012 study by Intel showed that women are the lead adapters of new technology.

According to the Department of Labor, 20% of software developers are female. But a study of Silicon Valley startups says that only 12% of engineers are women.

And yes, women are paid less. A study showed, on the average, women in computer related fields earn 84¢ for each dollar a man earns.

And one good one to finish the list out, In the fall of 2014, for the first time, more women than men enrolled in an intro computer science course. Not by much- 106 to 104- but it's a start. The article didn't track how many stayed in the field of study.

Here's a bonus stat. The average age of computer programmers in 2015 was 42.4. I won't tell you where I would fall in that survey, although I don't do programming. If I do a quick analysis of my coworkers, I'd say the age average is closer to 37.

Now that I've managed to depress myself, let's move along and find out what the other authors on the hop are talking about!

August 14, 2017 – Make a list of interesting stats in your niche - Want to blow your reader's minds? Create a useful resource of stats in your niche.
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  1. Here at work we have an IT team of a half-dozen. The only woman on the team is the boss. She says she would be happy to hire more women, but they have to apply for the job openings and they have to have qualifications that match or exceed the male applicants. In any opening recruitment, she'll get 10 male and 1 female applicants and almost invariably the woman is considerable less qualified than the men ... or, if she is as well qualified, she'll end up turning the job down because she got offered a job that offers flex time or work-from-home, things we're not set up to do here.

  2. Interesting that the average age of programmers is 47. I'd think it would be much lower. With all the games and game developers out there, it seems like such a youth oriented profession.