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You’ve heard of the glass ceiling…now shatter it!

 

Technology jobs can help women overcome one of the most frustrating things in the work world: THE PAY GAP. In December of 2000, Techies.com reported that women in technology jobs make 92 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts earn. When all career fields are combined, the 2000 U.S. Census data showed that women typically make only 73 cents for every dollar that their male counterparts earn. This difference can be significant for women.

Statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education in 2000 demonstrate that women account for 56 percent of college enrollments across the country. However, if women are more likely to enroll in college, very few of them are pursuing careers in technology. An article appearing in January 2001 on CNN.com entitled “Working on the pay gap: he clicked, she clicked” reported that women make up only 20 percent of the work force for technology jobs.

Karla Villatoro, public relations coordinator at Women in Technology International said, “I find that now business programs are teaching a lot more soft skills – a lot more conflict resolution and public speaking. Younger women coming into technology have more of these soft skills and viable companies are looking for people who have a broader range of skills – not just technological skills.”

Beth Mendes-Reynolds, director of field recruitment and training for the national office of ITT Technical Institutes agrees, “The people who are just starting their careers have the opportunity to develop more well-rounded skills and may become increasingly valuable. Hopefully, women will see these numbers and become more interested in careers in technology.”

 
  
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