In the tech industry, there is a notable absence of women. It's not unusual to see a room full of people and only one woman present. But how do we know if this is because more men are entering into the field or that women aren't interested? The answer may be both, but it seems that more men than women are entering the field. In this blog post, we will take a look at some statistics on women in STEM fields and analyze trends specific to them. We'll also discuss what these statistics mean for girls who want to enter these careers as well as those already working within them!
How many women are in STEM careers?
The number of women who work in STEM-related careers is decreasing, while the overall workforce in these fields is increasing. Women are also more likely to drop out of their STEM careers than men are.
The first statistic that we'll take a look at is the percentage of people employed in "STEM occupations." According to Census Bureau data from 2010-2014, only 29% of workers were female while 71% were male. The next statistic that we'll take a look at is how many degrees women are earning in STEM fields.
According to the National Science Foundation's report " Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering," In 2015, women earned 57% of all undergraduate degrees but only 26% of all engineering degrees awarded that year. This is a decrease from 2000 when women earned 38% of engineering degrees. This is also the case in other STEM disciplines such as computer science and mathematics. However, when it comes to degrees in life sciences, women earn a majority of undergraduate degrees (about 60%).
Summary: The percentage of women in STEM fields has been slowly declining for the last 20 years. In 2015, only 26% of engineers were women, down from 38% in 2000. This is also true for other disciplines such as computer science and mathematics. However, when it comes to degrees in life sciences, women earn a majority of undergraduate degrees.
What do these statistics say about girls looking to enter STEM careers?
These statistics say that it is becoming increasingly difficult for girls to enter into STEM careers. The percentage of women in these fields has been slowly declining for the last 20 years, and only a minority of degrees in engineering are now earned by women. This means that there are less role models and mentors for girls who want to enter into these fields. It may seem that STEM careers are predominantly male and this may be discouraging girls from entering into these fields. However, it is important to note that there has been an increase in the number of women earning undergraduate degrees- they just aren't majoring in engineering or computer science. This means that there are many women interested in STEM fields, but the statistics show that they are instead choosing to major in life sciences or other disciplines. Unfortunately, these trends don't seem to be changing anytime soon.
Summary: Girls looking into entering STEM careers may find it difficult if they look at current statistics- which show a slow decline of women in these fields. However, it is important to note that there has been an increase in the number of women earning undergraduate degrees- they just aren't majoring in engineering or computer science.
What do these statistics say about women working in STEM?
These statistics say that there are more women working in STEM fields than ever before, but they are also more likely to drop out of these careers than men. Women currently make up 29% of the workforce in STEM occupations, and this number is slowly increasing. However, women only hold 26% of engineering jobs, while they earn 57% of all undergraduate degrees. This means that there are more women in non-engineering jobs within STEM, and they are more likely to leave their engineering careers than men.
Summary: These statistics say that while the overall number of women working in STEM is increasing, they are still underrepresented in certain fields such as engineering. Women also tend to drop out of these careers more often than men.