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Women Got 60% Of The New Tech Industry Jobs In The Last Year

But the data doesn't say what they were hired to do.

Being a woman working in a technology company can be, well, lonely. But if recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is anything to go by, it might not be that way for very long. The tech industry added 60,000 jobs over the last year. Sixty percent (36,000) of these went to women. According to the BLS, 70% to 80% of these new jobs have traditionally gone to men.

The caveat here, as CNN points out, is that these statistics don't differentiate between different occupations in the tech sector. In other words, they're being hired, but we don't know what for. It's possible the new female hires are being employed in non-engineering positions, which makes these figures less notable.

The tech industry has long been a male bastion. One in 10 Fortune 500 companies still don't include a single woman on their boards.

[Image: Flickr user World Economic Forum]

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  • AMS

    It would be pretty cool if a good number of those jobs are actual tech/IT/engineering type jobs. But I'm guessing with the explosion of things like social media, and tech companies being savvy and aware of the need for social media, that a not insignficant number of those jobs have been in marketing departments (and being in social media myself, I can say just from what I've seen that there are many more women than men in social media). Women tend to be better listeners, communicators, and less ego-centric, so it makes sense they would dominate in the field of social media and communications in general. Though I'd also guess that there are many more millenial women that have grown up around tech and are more comfortable around it generally speaking than prior generations, and could be making up a good portion of those numbers in the tech jobs. But these are just unproven theories of mine.

  • Warren Anthony

    To generalize and speculate, this could be down to the rapid growth of customer-centric strategy, research and design in tech companies (UX, CX and Service Design) - an area where it's common see women leading, innovating and generally kicking ass without anyone making stupid comments or speculating about their clothes this week.