Maybe it’s obvious to you that there aren’t many women in the technology field. The question is: do you know the percentage of women who work as engineers, coders, developers, software testers, and other positions requiring technological knowledge and the industries that employ them?

I turned to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for numbers regarding female employment in United States during the 2011 year, from two different perspectives: by occupation and by industry and some extra interesting information.

Female Managers and CEO’s in Technology

The table below shows us the percentage of women working in managerial occupation, compared to the amount of men in the same position. Do you see that N/A, which meansNot Available?  Apparently, according to the data, there are only about 38,000 women in United States that are Training and Development Managers. I am not aware why the Bureau of Labor Statistics has a number of workers in both gender but cannot produce a percentage, however I have noticed a trend: Every time there is a N/A, the numbers of women in this field are effectively below 50,000. Please keep this in mind for the rest of the figures in this post, since there will definitely be plenty N/A showing up.

Management Occupations

% of Women in 2011

Training and Development Managers

N/A

Architectural and engineering managers

8.5%

Chief Executives

24.2%

Computer and Information Systems Managers

25.3%

Marketing and Sales Managers

45.8%

You might be wondering why I included marketing and sales when it isn’t strictly a tech position… It’s simple, I work in the field and I wanted to see how women were performing. Apparently much better than the computer or engineering positions. Neither female IT managers nor female CEO’s exceed 26% of the male population in same occupations.

While we are on the subject of management, I’d like to mention that in 2000 there were only 3 female CEOs among the Fortune 500. Now we are in 2013 and there are 21 of the Fortune 500 women CEOs, with Marillyn Hewson taking up the position of president and CEO of Lockeed Martin this year. Statistically speaking, that is a 600% increase and we are only a couple months into the 2013 year.

Professional Women in Technology

In what the Bureau of Labor Statistics considers a “computer and mathematics” field, we can see that the Operations Research Analyst position holds the highest female percentage at 45.1%. Out of the 16 positions listed here, only 4 hold percentages above 30% with Web Developers at 38.6%, Database Administrators at 37.3%, and Computer System Analysts at 33.9%.

The occupations Computer and information research scientists has 20,000 women and Information Security analysts  has 44,000 women but they both have no percentage on the list.

Professional and Related Occupations

% of Women in 2011

Computer and information research scientists

N/A

Information Security analysts

N/A

Mathematicians

N/A

Statisticians

N/A

Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations

N/A

Computer network architects

11.4%

Software developers, applications and systems software

19.0%

Computer programmers

20.8%

Computer occupation, all other

21.7%

Network and computer systems administrators

22.8%

Computer support specialists

26.3%

Computer systems analysts

33.9%

Database administrators

37.3%

Web developers

38.6%

Operations research analysts

45.1%

Engineering and Tech Industry Employing Women

What percentage of the employees were women in the industry of technology, science and engineering?

Professional and technical services

% of Women in 2011

Architectural, engineering, and related services

23.0%

Computer systems design and related services

25.0%

Management, scientific, and technical consulting services

41.1%

Scientific research and development services

45.4%

Specialized design services

53.2%

Other professional scientific, and technical services

56.0%

Veterinarian services

79.5%

Some Fun Statistics: Occupations Overflowing with Women

I was interested to know what occupations were dominated by women during the 2011 year, so I compiled a list of professions that were held by at least 90 percentage of women:

Professional and Related Occupations

90%+ occupations

Dental assistants

97.90%

Preschool and kindergarten teachers

97.7%

Dental Hygienists

97.50%

Secretaries and administrative assistants

95.90%

Medical transcriptionists

95.40%

Childcare workers

94.50%

Medical assistants

93.40%

Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

93.00%

Teacher assistants

92.2%

Receptionists and information clerks

92.10%

Occupational therapists

92%

Registered nurses

91%

Dietitians and nutritionists

90.6%

Nurse practitioners

90.60%

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

90.50%

Billing and posting clerks

90.10%

Seems like there’s only a 2.1% chance you will end up with a male dental assistant if you go to a dentist in United States, eh?

Want More Statistics? Female Engineers and Architects

I don’t feel okay to end this article without the numbers for female engineers and architects too. Even though many of these positions are field work involving oil, agriculture, biology, etc and not sitting in front of a computer, their industries still lack the dazzling influence of women.

Architecture and engineering occupations % of Women in 2011
Agricultural engineers

N/A

Biomedical engineers

N/A

Environmental engineers

N/A

Marine engineers and naval architects

N/A

Materials engineers

N/A

Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers

N/A

Nuclear engineers

N/A

Petroleum engineers

N/A

Mechanical engineers

5.5%

Electrical and electronics engineers

8.8%

Engineers, all other

10.8%

Aerospace engineers

12.4%

Civil engineers

13.1%

Computer hardware engineers

13.2%

Engineering technicians, except drafters

16.3%

Industrial engineers, including health and safety

17.8%

Architects, except naval

20.7%

Chemical engineers

22.3%

Wow, not a single occupation even passes the 25% mark, and 8 occupations don’t even have 1%. What interests me is why do we have 22.3% more female Chemical Engineersthan other engineering branches, such as Biomedical Engineering or Agricultural Engineering. For the purposes of this article, it’s nice to see that we have at least 16.3% women in Computer Hardware Engineering.

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The source of all the data provided on this article is thanks to the BLS report 1040 published on February 2013, called Women in the Labor Force: A Databook.