IT has traditionally been a male-dominated field. Take one look at most IT companies or IT departments and you’ll get the picture in an instant. In order to continually add new ideas and further advance the industry, it is important to add more diversity into the IT workforce via qualified female IT professionals. Diversity breeds ideas and ideas are what drive the IT industry.
Now, I’m not talking filling a temporary position. I’m talking about opening up the whole IT field, while at the same time opening up the endless possibilities available to working in IT.
A recent article on Omaha.com touts the goals of the University of Nebraska-Omaha to usher more women into its information technology college and thereby the IT field.
To do this, the University of Nebraska Information Science and Technology (UNO IS&T) is raising $400,000 for programs to double admissions over the next two years by painting a more accurate picture of IT professions. This is being done to increase the number of women in technology classes with the end goal of increasing women in technology careers.
With only 18 percent of technology undergrads nationally being female, there’s a lot of work that will have to be done over the coming years to change stereotypes. And, according to Omaha.com, only 14 percent of undergraduate students at UNO IS&T are female. At that ratio, a class of 21 students includes just three women. We need to show that there are wonderful career opportunities available in IT to these female graduates. And with terrific programs and initiatives like this throughout the country, we can help to overcome many stereotypes in the industry and from those in hiring positions.
With IT professionals being the most in-demand careers in the country, we would love to have more qualified IT professionals to fill the open positions we are tasked to fill every day (including those in our own development center).
So whether it is a project manager, QA tester or a mobile application developer, there are fun, exciting and rewarding jobs to be had all over. We are just excited to see a school that shares our dedication to increasing the number of qualified women in IT.
To learn more about this ambitious program, read a full story here: Omaha World Herald, May 28, 2013, Rebecca S. Gratz