The IT industry does not reflect the gender diversity of the professional workforce. Only 25 percent of IT jobs are held by women.
It’s possible the gender gap has its roots in school. Women lag behind men in taking the advanced placement test for computer science and attaining science and engineering degrees.
Women hold just 9 percent of IT management jobs.
The low amounts of women entering the IT workforce is contributing to the IT skills gap; if current trends continue, the IT industry will only be able to fill one-half of available jobs in 2018.
Increased gender diversity in the IT workplace correlates with greater profits, meaning companies should create programs to remove the gender gap. Methods could include enhanced recruiting, developing in-house talent and creating a multiyear diversity program that establishes tangible objectives along the way.