Why Women in Tech? Here's the Numbers...
- Utah shows by far the largest gap in the nation between male and female college graduation rates.
- Utah women graduate from business and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs substantially below their national peers (~20% in Utah vs ~30% nationally).
- Women in STEM jobs earned 33 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs. As a result, the gender wage gap is smaller in STEM jobs than in non-STEM jobs.
- In the U.S. in 2009, women earned 57% of all undergraduate degrees, 52% of all math and science degrees, 59% of the undergraduate degrees in biology and 42% of mathematics degrees, but only 18% of all computer and information sciences undergraduate degrees.
- 57% of the professional occupations were held by women in the workforce, but 25% of the computing workforce were women in 2011.
- In 2011, 56% of AP test-takers were female, 46% of AP Calculus test-takers were female, and only 19% of AP Computer Science test-takers were female. There is a direct correlation with success in math and success in computer science.
- 1.4 million computer specialist job openings are expected in the U.S. by 2020.
Sources: Utah Women & Education Initiative and the National Center for Women & Information Technology