With perks that are hard to find elsewhere – room to grow, high demand, a solidpay check, and a chance to help create something that has a huge impact on society – it seemed like the answers to my prayers. I now find myself in a great marketing role within the tech field, and there are a ton of things I love about it.
But there’s just one problem. Even though the tech industry is widely progressive in many ways, it is still lagging behind when it comes to equality. The gender gap that exists within tech is a huge example of this, which is a shame since it may prevent many women from breaking into a rewarding industry.
Did you know:
- Women average only 30% of the workforce across major tech companies
- Women hold only17% of the tech jobs at Google, 15% at Facebook, and 10% at Twitter
- Of the 41 Fortune 500 companies in the technology sector, only five have a female CEO
- Only 14.3% of board seats of the top 100 tech companies are held by women.
If you’re not satisfied with these statistics, you’re not alone. In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, here are 5 reasons why women should pursue a career in tech!
5 Reasons you should become a woman in tech:
1. You can offer a fresh and unique perspective as an avid female user of technology
The emerging start-up culture of the tech industry encourages more open discussion. They want to give employees an open arena for sharing innovative ideas and making their thoughts heardtoo, because those opinions are valuable. With less of a hierarchy and less red tape to cut through, tech firms welcome new perspectives, and as a female, you can use this to your advantage to speak up. According to a report by Parks Associates, more women than men are downloading movies and music; women do the majority of game-playing across some platforms; and women have higher “purchase intentions” than men do when it comes to some electronics. With these statistics, it’s clear that not only will you be paving the way forward for other ladies, but you’ll be contributing to creating more valuable tech products as well.
2. You can forge your own path with flexible work opportunities
The start-up culture in many tech firms also lends to a more lenient view on what job flexibility means. Many tech firms offer flex hours, more vacation time, or the ability to telecommute or work from home. Whether you have outside commitments such as children, or your own freelance business, many believe a career in tech could be the perfect way to balance a rewarding career with an enriched personal life through flexible working options. According to this article, flexibility in the workplace could hugely effect women. Manar Morales, president and CEO of the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, notes that technology and globalization are similarly changing the way work is organized in a host of other sectors. This could reduce the reward of long face-time hours and lead to more gender equality in a number of occupations.
3. There will always be plenty of financially rewarding jobs available
Because of the growing nature of the tech industry, there won’t be a shortage of job opportunities any time soon. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, the tech industry is one of very few industries where demand is higher than supply when it comes to hiring. While the overall unemployment rate is between 9% to 10% and companies everywhere are figuring out how to do more work with less personnel, the tech industry is currently one of the only industries that is hiring. Plus, new markets are constantly opening up, and if you have the right skills to get the job done, it’s more than likely that it won’t be long before you’re making a substantial salary.
4. You’ll learn many new skills that can transfer across other jobs and industries
Just as you can leverage your current transferable skills to break into the tech industry, you’ll also gain a lot of transferable skills while you’re there. On top of technical skills, most people who work in tech will end up gaining soft skills like marketing and PR skills, product management abilities, research skills, data analysis skills, and social media capabilities, all of which are useful across almost any role or industry. Plus, “the emergence of soft skills as a cornerstone of success in the technical professions is even being leveraged as a way to attract more women into the STEM sector.”
5. You will make a difference
According to the Atlantic, while 57 percent of occupations in the workforce are held by women, in computing occupations, that figure is only 25%. And it’s not just in tech – a gender gap is the reality within several industries, including many of the STEM fields. By applying to tech jobs that interest you, mentoring other females who hold an interest in the industry, and doing everything you can to make changes from within a company, you can go to sleep at night knowing that not only did you help pave the way for future generations of females in tech, but also females in the workforce as a whole.
As part of the PDFelement team, I’ve seen firsthand how a fresh perspective and workplace diversity can contribute to innovation in creating unique and simple software products. Our main goal at PDFelement is to create products that bring simplicity to the life of every type of user, no matter their age, gender, or background.
And with women making up a large portion of our user base, having a female perspective when it comes to designing or marketing the features of our product, or any tech product, is key.
Interested in breaking into the tech industry? Learn more about PDFelement, or leave a comment below!