Study: IT industry lacks female role models

Almost twice as many young boys considering working in technology than girls

Fewer girls are considering a career in IT because the industry doesn't have enough positive female role models.

According to a survey commissioned by Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion, only 28 percent of girls aged 11 to 16 were considering working in technology, even though 90 percent of those surveyed described technology as 'cool'. In contrast, 52 percent of boys wanted to work in the field when they grew up.

According to Charmaine Eggberry, RIM's vice-president EMEA and creator of the Blackberry Women & Technology Awards, the problem is a lack of understanding about a career in technology.

"The technology industry and current employees of the sector need to work together to highlight the great opportunities that technology jobs can provide," she said.

The research also highlighted that 43 percent of boys and girls felt a career in technology was 'not exciting', while 30 percent described it as 'too geeky.' Pay is also seen as an important factor, with 75 percent of those surveyed saying they would be attracted to a career in technology if they felt there was a significant financial reward on offer.

Last week, an Australian study found that both young men and women are walking away from secondary school studies that could lead to careers in IT, with young women turning away faster than their male counterparts, according to the Dean of Charles Sturt University's Faculty of Education.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Carrie-Ann Skinner

PC Advisor (UK)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?