Even though 59% of Americans are women, only 16% of tech jobs are filled by women.1 This can make IT careers more difficult for women. Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary report shows that only eight per cent of IT professionals at the highest and most senior levels of their profession are women.
Our research revealed data that illuminates the job roles, challenges, and certifications of women who have reached the top in tech.
Which job roles do they play?
Our IT Skills and Salary report shows that cybersecurity and IT Compliance/Audit are the most sought-after jobs for women. It is not surprising that IT auditor manager, risk manger, and CISO/CSO/ISO were the most sought-after roles in technology for women.
Nine percent of the 272 women who were surveyed are directors. More than one-third work in companies with more than 5,000 employees.
One percent of our female respondents are women who are CEOs.
These are the most sought-after IT jobs for women in leadership positions:
IT Audit Manager
CISO / ISO / CSO
IT Compliance Manager
Security Consultant / Integrator
Chief Information Officer
Programmer / Developer
What is their average work experience
To climb the corporate ladder, women must work harder than men. 26 years of experience or more is the minimum required to hold a leadership position for more than 15 year.
Average experience for women in leadership positions in tech:
26+ Years – 27%
16-20 years – 22%
11-15 years – 17%
21-25 years – 17%
6-10 years – 14%
1-5 years – 4%
What are their earnings?
The average IT salary was $89732 in 2018, regardless of gender. This number drops to $84,755 if you include women in tech. Women who hold senior or executive positions make $113,243 annually — two percentage points more than their male counterparts.
What are their biggest workplace issues?
More than half (57%) of respondents say that budget and resource constraints are their top concerns. Similar results are true for men in similar jobs, but the percentage is lower (44%).
One in three senior executives and women mentions cultural and generational dynamics as their main workplace challenges, compared to one out of four men.
These women, on the contrary, work better with their supervisors and are more clear about organizational alignment than their male counterparts. They are less clear about their responsibilities and job roles.
Which certifications are they certified in
Eighty-three percent of women who work in tech are certified in at minimum one IT field. Sixty-six percent have at least one IT certification.
We saw a high number of respondents report that they have at minimum one ISACA certificate in the 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report. It’s not surprising that cybersecurity, auditing, and other IT skills are the most sought-after certifications.
The ISACA’s Certified Information Systems Auditor credential, (CISA) is highly sought-after by women in IT leadership positions. 17% have achieved their CISA.
This is a huge opportunity for women IT professionals: Cloud computing has enormous potential. Our data shows that cloud computing is only 3 percent of IT professionals.
According to IT decision-makers cloud is the second most difficult area to hire. Cloud professionals are in great demand. Cloud experts will be highly in demand.
AWS offers two cloud certifications on our most-respected list. However, cybersecurity certificates outnumber cloud credentials.
These are the most recent certifications for women in leadership technology.
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Certified in Risk and