It’s no secret that the odds are against women in business, and even more so, women in the tech industry. From pitching investors, growing a startup, and landing leadership roles at mid-to-large sized companies, the numbers are grim.
But, why does this matter? It matters because the tech industry and tech jobs are some of the fastest growing in the U.S. Computer systems design (aka tech) was the fastest growing industry in 2016, with an average sales growth rate of 18%, compared to 6.8% for all other industries. In fact, software developers were the fifth fastest growth job in 2016 – adding 130,000 new jobs for a total of 1.5MM. As well, two of the top 10 fastest growing professions between 2014 and 2024 are in tech: software developers and computer systems design. If the U.S. wants to continue to grow its economy, it needs women in tech.
Let’s dive deeper into the numbers.