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Women in Information Technology

If you’re a woman preparing to enter Unitek College, and you’re studying the course offerings before choosing the direction of your new career, you might want to take a second look at Information Technology. Long story short, they need you! While the numbers are improving, IT tends to be a male-dominated field, and even though women make up nearly 60% of the U.S. workforce, the numbers of women in the IT departments of most major companies hover around a mere 20%. And a large contributor to the low number of women in IT is the low number of women who complete IT programs at colleges and universities across the country… another number that hovers around 20%.

In other words, there’s a huge opportunity that exists for female workers in Information Technology, and the first step towards closing that gap and seizing those career opportunities is starting (and finishing) a Information Technology certification program (such as the ones offered at our Concord, Sacramento, and Fremont campuses). The IT field needs women, and filling that need starts with the right education.

And remember, if it weren’t for women in Information Technology, there might not be Information Technology-at least, not the way we know it today. Just take a glance into the life of Lady Ada Lovelace, considered one of the first (if not the first) computer programmer. A writer and mathematician in the early 1800’s, Ada Lovelace is best known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early model of the mechanical computer, the “Analytical Engine”-work she began as a teenager. Her mathematical algorithm for the mechanical engine is considered to be the first computer program. And when Babbage himself began working on algorithms, Ada became the first debugger when she caught and corrected the first “bug” in his formula.

Despite an early death from cancer at the age of 36, Ada Lovelace presented the world with a vision of the capability of computers that went far beyond mere calculation, imagining the limitless possibilities just waiting to be realized. Her “poetical science” approach helped her see beyond the numbers and formulas to the very real impact that these discoveries would have on individuals and society as a whole. Intuition and imagination were just as vital to her work as were sines and cosines, and every click of a mouse today can be traced back to that influence.

This love of numbers and computing didn’t just happen, however, but were the result of studying science and mathematics from a very early age (something we can all thank her mother for). Those studies led to her breakthrough, which led to an undeniable influence on modern computing regardless of age or gender.

Information Technology, like all career fields, needs diversity in order to innovate, imagine, and grow, which is why Unitek College welcomes and encourages all applicants. The status quo won’t change by itself, and we’re here to provide you with the skills you need to become part of that change.

For more information on our Information Technology program, click here.