Educational Technology

April 9, 2012

‘Pipeline’ to Programming Jobs Has Leaks

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am


When educators speak of women in computer science, they often refer to the “pipeline,” which tends to start in high school and wind its way through graduate studies. Along the way, the pipeline becomes increasingly porous, losing women at a discouraging rate. By the time it reaches the workplace, the pipeline has become a veritable sieve. Even a degree in computer science isn’t enough to propel some women into programming jobs. On average, about 18 percent of computer science degrees go to women, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 19 percent of software developers are women. But experts say that at many prominent tech firms, where coding is king, the percentage of female programmers is in the single digits.

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