The tech industry has long been considered as a male-dominated industry and with good reason too. Figures show that women make up just 17% of the UK tech workforce with this figure increasing by just 1% in the past five years. Stigmas and lack of education are two of the main contributing factors to this gender gap in the industry, with research from Microsoft showing that “60% of women worldwide would feel more confident pursuing a career in STEM fields if they knew that men and women were equally employed in those professions”.

Despite being traditionally male-dominated, women are well-suited to careers in tech, here’s why…

It’s creative

A career in tech might not be the traditional creative career that springs to mind, however, many tech roles require a great level of creativity. Our Director of Women in Cyber Academy, Jane Frankland, describes tech as a paint brush – it provides women with a power tool to create whatever they want. Unfortunately, the need for creative skills in the tech sector is under-represented which often deters certain audiences, particularly women, from pursuing a role in tech.

Tech needs women

There’s no shying away from this, the tech sector is in desperate need of women. Tech is everywhere. It’s at the heart of everything we do and is present in all sectors whether that’s defence or travel, however, despite this the workforce isn’t representative of the population. This means that the majority of technology products and services that are on the market have been developed with one of half of the population’s needs in mind.

You’ll never be bored

The tech sector offers more flexibility than most with something to suit everyone. Even better, the skills you develop in your role will also be relevant to other areas within tech so it’s possible to progress into other areas of interest.

You’ll make a difference

Research from PwC shows that “50% of the females interviewed said that the most important factor when choosing their future career is feeling like the work they do makes the world a better place or has a wider impact”. By pursuing a career in technology, you’ll be changing the perception of gender equality in STEM roles. Unfortunately for many girls and young women, the lack of female role models in tech is one of the main factors that deters them from the industry therefore by challenging the status quo, you’ll be taking a step towards changing the face of tech. You’ll also make a lasting impact on the technology we use by ensuring it’s suited to its users, including women.

You already have the skills

In today’s age life skills are as important as technical skills for many roles, with problem-solving, creative thinking, communication and perseverance being just a few examples of the skills needed to succeed in tech. These skills are ones that most women will naturally develop, whether that’s just through managing their own lives or through raising a family. Because these skills seem natural to them, women often underestimate their power in tech roles.

It’s never too late to make the move

You don’t need to be 21 and straight out of university to start your career in tech. The majority of our students have no experience in technology and use our academies as a pathway to tech. For example, in the Cybersecurity industry 62% of firms reported employing staff who have or are working towards a related qualification; proving that it’s never too late to make the move.

It’s well paid

The recent rise in the demand for tech professionals has caused an increase in salaries. Research from Tech Nation reveals that the median salary for digital tech roles within the UK is currently £39,000, up £9,000 on the country’s average salary. It’s not just the salary that’s competitive, tech businesses can also offer attractive benefits, including flexible working and good maternity packages.

If you’re interested in turning your passion for tech into a successful career, let us help. We work with women and other under-represented groups to get you into tech. If you’d like to find out more information on any of our academies, visit our website or email our Talent Team on hello@techtalent.academy.