A notable achievement in recent years that is appearing in stats across the nation are the growth of women joining STEM and technology fields. These fields are traditionally dominated by men, only comprising of about 28% women as opposed to 72% men.
Trends are headed in the right direction. While the STEM gap is still large, recent data shows the steadily rising growth of women in tech.
More Women Are Graduating with STEM Degrees
An increasing number of women are choosing to study STEM related subjects in college. In the last 10 years, the number of women who graduate with degrees in STEM have exceeded 50,000. In fact, in 2009, approximately 130,000 women graduated with STEM degrees versus over 200,000 in 2016.
Between 2008-2009 and 2015-2016 school years, male students that were granted a STEM degree or certification increased by 38 percent, while the number of female students who attained the exact same degree or certification increased by 48 percent.
The infographic above doesn’t include women entering fields such as graphic design or website development on their own as freelancers or starting their own business ventures.
Additionally, this chart doesn’t even include women who are pursuing fields like web development and design on their own without holding a degree in the field.
The word is also starting to take notice of the leaders behind the biggest tech companies in the world.
Powerful Women In Tech
Women serve as CEOs of some of the world’s biggest tech companies. They serve as an example to millions of women everywhere that women can succeed in tech and excel to the very top of leadership.
Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube, the biggest video sharing platform in the world, and the 2nd largest website in the world. Ginni Rometty is the CEO of IBM, one of the biggest and most innovating computing brands of all time.
We also have other C-level positions such as Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google, and Amy Hood the CFO of Microsoft. Women are not only starting to be more represented in STEM, but are being represented in positions of influence.
Women are achieving historic breakthroughs in STEM. Let’s not forget about Katie Bouman’s breakthrough achievement in developing the algorithm that created the first ever image of a black hole earlier in 2019.
NetStandard Contributes to the Positive Trend
At NetStandard, we are proud to continue contributing to the growth of women in STEM leadership. There was an estimated 27% increase in female leadership hires in software and IT services fields in 2018.
Our leadership team consists of pioneers who use technology to accelerate businesses large and small.
We have some of the most qualified female technology leaders in Kansas City on our team. They have greatly contributed to the growth of companies throughout the area and help us lead the way in information technology innovation.
Jaime Simpson is the COO of NetStandard and a powerful leader in tech. Jaime has led a number of key initiatives in IT, cloud management and tech strategy.
“I grew up loving technology. My first exposure to computers was learning to program in Logo in elementary school. Though I didn’t really prepare for a technology career in a traditional way in college, I had a lot of interest and exposure to technology and was attracted to the field during the .com boom of the late 90s. I’m passionate about the ways we can use technology to solve business problems and am attracted to the ever-changing nature of technology and its affect on our lives.”
Jaime’s upward mobility in responsibility has been the result of her vast knowledge, superior project management skills and team leading ability. Having proven herself in multiple organizations, Jaime joins the NetStandard team to continue the positive trend.
Diversity is essential to successful and healthy growth, and that’s especially true in IT. Women tend to approach problems from a different perspective than their male counterparts, and we need creativity and variety if we want to keep up with today’s challenges.
NetStandard proudly welcomes Jaime to the leadership team.
The Future Leaders of Tech
The growth of women in STEM and tech industries won’t slow down anytime soon. Between now and 2027, the number of STEM jobs are expected to grow by 13 percent, compared to just 9 percent for non-STEM jobs.
With the increased demand for STEM jobs and higher interest among female graduates, the growth of women in tech has only just begun.