Recruiting and Retaining Women in Information Technology

  • At a time when demand for graduates in computing is increasing, the number of majors, particularly women, has significantly decreased. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in computer and mathematical sciences will grow more than twice as fast as the average for all occupations in the economy from 2008 through 2018. At the same time, studies found that women are approximately 2.5 times more likely to leave IT than men. In June 2008, a study published in Harvard Business Review addressed the career paths for women in science, engineering and technology (SET) in the private sector. Careers in IT are included in this study that found 52% of women in SET quit their jobs during their mid to late 30s. Indeed, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, the percentage of women IT professionals has fallen from 36% in 1991 to 25% in 2009.

    This panel will discuss ways to recruit women into our majors as well as factors that have been shown to contribute to them leaving the IT profession. By identifying these factors, hopefully we can address the issues raised and encourage women to stay in information technology.

  • SIGITE 2011

    United States , New York·October 19 - 22, 2011

    The 12th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education will be held at the historic Thayer Hotel, on the grounds of the US Military Academy in West Point, New York.

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