Friday, May 13, 2016

Why Women Should Consider A Career In Tech - HUFFINGTONPOST

by Sheryl Boswell 
Originally published: May 11, 2016
Publisher: HuffingtonPost.com 

The technology industry is a diverse field that offers those working within it opportunities to be creative, to be innovative and to do some truly unique work. But there's one well-documented issue -- technology remains a male-dominated field.

This isn't just an issue south of the border. According to a labour market report from The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), women hold just one-quarter of the information and communications technology jobs in Canada, despite women making up 47 per cent of the overall Canadian workforce.

"Technology continues to be an industry with a demonstrated need for skilled professionals in many markets across the country."

Many women are also looking for roles with companies that value inclusivity. For instance, a study from PwC found that 86 per cent of female millennials consider an employer's policy on diversity and equality to be important when deciding whether to work for an employer. But the technology sector has its share of powerful women. A separate study from PwC and Strategy& found that from 2004 to 2013, the IT industry had the highest composition of female CEOs.