The technology sector is worth a serious look for those seeking to change careers and others who are selecting an educational path leading to a career. Male workers are abundantly represented in many technology careers, female workers are generally not. This week, I hope to create some interest for females who may consider the sector.
While the best paying occupation for a woman in 2009 was pharmacist with a median weekly income of $1,475, six of the top 20 paying jobs were in a technology field; the lowest of which paid more than $1,000 a week on average. For more career statistics visit the Department of Labor's Web site at www.dol.gov/wb/stats/main.htm.
One source of technology career info that has numerous articles written by women is the O'Reilly Community. Under the banner of Women in Technology, O'Reilly has assembled a large collection of interesting posts that includes Julia Lerman's Proud to be a "Geekette" and Carla Schroder's My Fabulous Geek Career. Readers willing to wade through sporadic geek-speak on things like Linux User Groups and the FOSS community (Free and Open Source Software) will find some excellent reading. Find the entire collection at www.oreillynet.com/womenintech.
Another source of information is Women in Technology International. Founded by Carolyn Leighton, WITI is there "... to help women advance by providing access to - and support from - other professional women working in all sectors of technology. With everything from Webinars, to articles, to live events, WITI has something to offer everyone. www.witi.com.
Similar to WITI is Webgrrls International whose mission is "... to help women succeed in an increasingly technical workplace and world through networking, exchanging job and business leads, and teaching new skills."
Webgrrls has a more narrow focus than WITI, but they do offer workshops and networking opportunities. www.webgrrls.com.
Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in computer repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.