Tech is booming, right? We all know that.

According to a new survey of 200 tech CEOs released by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, 59 percent expect to add jobs in 2014—up 13 percent from last year. Other reports from the San Francisco Business Times suggest that by 2020 there could be 1 million more jobs in tech than there are qualified candidates.

But the surge in tech hiring hasn’t lifted all boats. Both people of color and women are behind men in being hired for jobs, enrolling in classes, and graduating with degrees suitable for tech careers.

Ann Mai Cheng, chief information officer at Mercy Corp and former senior advisor in the State Department’s Office of Women’s Issues, said the U.S. is behind Myanmar, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Oman when it comes to educating women in computer science and technology.

“We think of these countries as restricting women,” Cheng said, “but they are also proving that women have the capabilities to thrive in computer sciences at amazing rates.”

While TechCrunch recently touted the first time women out numbered men—106 to 104—in a UC Berkeley intro to computer science course, the problem seems to be bigger than just graduating women with technology degrees.

Read more at Live Work Oakland

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.