Women Set on the Path to Success With a Career in IT
For anyone considering a career in IT, job opportunities and paths abound. Consider a few factors such as the:
- Lower unemployment rate for IT professionals at 3.7% versus the overall rate of 6.7% reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for December 2013.
- Total number of core IT job openings in the U.S. reached over 500,000 for Q4 2013, according to Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights.
- Bright outlook for future employment growth in core IT occupations -- over 20% in several cases from 2010 to 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- such as software developers, database administrators, network and systems administrators, systems analysts, and others including information security analysts, web developers, and network architects.
- Average (median) salary for IT occupations (over $76,000) is more than double the average for all occupations combined (nearly $35,000), also according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Numerous tracks and areas of study within the quite generic “IT field.” A career in IT offers something for everyone from programming/coding to business intelligence/analysis, troubleshooting to security, tech support to management, and so on.
The opportunities are endless, but unfortunately such a career in IT remains elusive for many. One group in particular remains largely unrepresented in the IT field – women. Slightly less than one-quarter of IT professionals are female (24%) according to both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the 2013 IT Skills and Salary Report from Global Knowledge and Windows IT Pro.
CompTIA conducted its internal 2nd Annual IT Career Insights study mainly to gain a better understanding of its certification audience. As a byproduct of the study, some commonalities across men and women IT professionals were found, as well as many interesting differences between the two. Overall, a majority of IT professionals in the U.S. report being very or mostly satisfied (net 76%) with their job, similar to last year. Interestingly, women IT professionals report significantly higher satisfaction as 41% are very satisfied (net 84%) versus 30% of men who are highly satisfied (net 74%).
CompTIA’s 2nd Annual IT Career Insights study was developed with input from 2,107 IT professionals in four primary countries including Canada (n=187), South Africa (n=220), the UK (n=213), the US (n=1,463), and Other countries (n=24). The data highlighted above is U.S. only and was collected via a quantitative online survey conducted April 2013. Visit CompTIA.org or contact email@example.com for more information about CompTIA Research, Advancing Women in IT Community, or Creating IT Futures Foundation.
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