A recent survey revealed that just 11% of developers are women. The job has one of the biggest gender gaps in the tech industry, yet developer skills are in high demand, especially in light of the recent pandemic as more and more companies and organisations rely upon remote operations and the strength of their websites and applications to grow and retain business.
Women were instrumental in the birth of software development and the first computer programmer was indeed a woman, so it is disappointing that the industry has become so unequal in gender representation. Women in tech developers may be the minority in tech at the moment, but as more companies make diverse hiring a priority, and more young girls are empowered to study STEM subjects and gain the necessary skills and qualifications to work in tech, gender equality in the sector will become a reality.
The perception that a career as a Software Developer is a male pursuit is fading as more young women are empowered to study STEM subjects at school and university, and more than half of computer science graduates are now women. The increasing visibility of women in tech role models, as well as the presence of community change organisations such as Code First: Girls and Women Who Code, are also helping to drive positive change and create opportunities for more women in tech developers.
The average salary for developers in the UK is £54,000, rising slightly in the capital with London weighting. It can certainly be a lucrative career that pays well, with tech employers valuing and recognising continuous improvement in skills and experience.
Landing a job as a developer depends on the skills and experience preferred by the employer hiring, and it will vary depending on the level of the position. Coding boot camps, hackathons and mentorship schemes are all good starting points if you’re seriously considering a career as a developer. However, there are some key requirements you should aim to meet to be in with the best chance of competing in the job market. Here is an idea of some key skills you will need for different developer roles:
If you’re returning or just starting your career in development, or even if you want to boost your existing skills, finding a training provider that works for your lifestyle and learning style is important to set you in the right direction. Here are some resources specifically about training as a software developer:
We have over 160 case studies on womeintech.co.uk featuring the experiences, advice and thoughts of women working in tech. Many of these interviews are from women in tech developers and you will find that their lived experiences and career advice is a true insight into life as a woman in tech.
Here’s a selection of interviews with women in tech developers:
The future for women in tech developers is bright. Software development is one of the most in demand jobs not just in the tech industry, but in the world right now. It is projected that within the next decade, the employment of software developers will grow by 21%. As reliance upon technology advances, the demand for gender diversity in tech intensifies, and as tech sectors and emerging sub-sectors increase in size over time, there will likely be more opportunities for women in tech to pursue careers in software development.
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