While the number of women in Computer Science is only a fraction of their male counterpart, there is an increased effort to bring more and more women into the computing industry. There is many reasons to join the computing industry if you are a female, and here are just a few.
Workday have held a Women in Tech MeetUp Summit. The event allowed women of all backgrounds to network and featured technical discussions and content from some of Dublin's most talented women in the tech space. Other companies such as Dell have researched into promoting entrepreneurship for women.
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Computing jobs are the number one source of job creation right now in the USA. There were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in May 2015, representing 6.2 percent of U.S. employment. Computer occupations made up nearly 45 percent of STEM employment, and engineers made up an additional 19 percent. Mathematical science occupations and architects, surveyors, and cartographers combined made up less than 4 percent of STEM employment. Women are heavily underrepresented within these industries, companies are going out of their way to bridge gap between the male to female ratio. With Computing already having a good great job prospects, being a woman is another bonus! Here in Ireland 73 per cent of Computer Science and ICT got jobs in Ireland – the highest proportion of any discipline. Another 11 per cent got jobs abroad.
At Honours Bachelor Degree level in Ireland, Computer Science / ICT graduates are the highest earners, with 62 per cent earning €29,000 or more. This is compared to some Arts degrees earning 13,000.