STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers are consistently on the rise! According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information technology (IT) occupations are driving growth among STEM careers (computer and mathematics careers make up 79.5 percent of STEM job growth)! Unfortunately, women, especially women minorities, are still struggling to bridge the gender gap in STEM occupations. At National Able Network‘s technology academy, IT Career Lab, we are doing our part to train women for careers in IT – read more about our client Tamar’s IT career journey, here!
There are many great reasons for women to enter IT – check out a few of them below:
-Career Growth Potential: IT is on the rise! According to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT careers will fare better than others in the coming years. It is expected to increase by 22 percent by the year 2020!
-Higher Pay: According to a recently published article from Forbes, one of the highest paying careers for women is a Computer and Information Systems Manager! The approximate median annual earnings for this position is $79,508.
-Decrease the Gender Gap: Unfortunately, men still dominate in STEM occupations while women struggle catch up. In 2015, women only made up 24.7 percent of computer professionals in the United States. Training for a career in IT can help bring a new perspective and balance to an industry that needs it!
If you’re looking to enter the IT industry but need to enhance your skills, IT Career Lab can help! Click here to register for an upcoming information session today!