The digital divide needs to be bridged, the time is now Girl-Techies!

Why young girls should consider a career in Tech

Digital/IT industry is by far the fastest growing, tech professionals earn the highest salaries and are always in demand. Research done in 2017, proved that the percentage of women in the tech industry has declined by 40% Source: www.ventureburn.com) “Only 23% of tech jobs are held by women in South Africa – out of 236 000 ICT (tech) roles, women occupy 56 000 of them. As a sector, we need to hire women to improve diversity in the workplace (and it’s been proven that higher diversity equals higher productivity and profit). But we cannot find women with the required skills, and we cannot attract young women to the sector because when they look at conferences, in the media and inside technology companies, they mainly see men (who they can’t relate to), doing what they perceive to be ‘boring’ jobs” Source: (womenintech.co.za) -An initiative that aims to help address the gender gap in the ICT sector
Males are pursuing careers in technology and females aren’t considering a career in tech, the gender gap is shocking! There are minor challenges for women and it is still a predominantly male industry, this will only change if more females get into the industry and prove that they are capable.

Tech professionals are amongst the highest paid professionals in the world! The opportunities are endless, the ICT sector is ever changing and the demand for highly skilled tech professionals is on the rise, locally and internationally.

What qualities you need to have to be an ICT professional

You need to be innovative, you need to have a need to produce and create. A passion for technology as it is an industry which is constantly changing. Lastly, if you DO NOT want be defined by society or your circumstances, YOU could embark in a lucrative exciting career in technology.

What you need to do if you are seriously considering a career in tech

Do your research online and approach an IT company in your area /province and try out job shadowing during school holidays, this will help you figure out your career path.

How much do ICT professionals earn on average? (Source:mybroadbannd.co.za/news/business-telecoms

PayScale’s salary data is based on reported information by over 270,000 South African employees with up to nine years working experience, updated as of January 2018,” stated the website. IT jobs The table below details the median salaries of popular positions in the ICT field, based on PayScale’s information. The salary ranges of the positions has also been included to provide a picture of potential earnings.
SA IT Jobs
Position Median Salary Salary Range
PC / Network Support Technician R115,782 R54,563 – R236,114
Desktop Support Technician R122,403 R65,954 – R238,317
Web Developer R168,348 R71,083 – R349,620
IT Support Specialist R176,865 R84,354 – R406,799
Database Administrator (DBA) R176,920 R72,397 – R440,038
Network Administrator R197,427 R96,596 – R366,571
Systems Administrator R206,688 R100,791 – R376,809
IT Consultant R234,008 R101,401 – R616,719
Network Engineer R239,640 R111,668 – R503,268
PHP Developer R240,291 R118,719 – R442,645
C# Developer R244,881 R119,358 – R506,168
.NET Software Developer R264,900 R116,141 – R534,007
Software Developer R268,339 R120,133 – R505,009
Systems Engineer R268,773 R145,276 – R490,326
Java Developer R303,882 R135,592 – R582,045
Software Engineer R327,395 R175,706 – R594,224
SAP Consultant R342,443 R147,114 – R768,867
Business Analyst, IT R349,973 R193,903 – R597,330
IT Manager R415,491 R176,806 – R764,454
Project Manager, IT R418,131 R183,820 – R754,970
Senior Systems Engineer R423,680 R232,916 – R889,718
Senior Software Engineer R512,787 R311,321 – R784,916
Senior Project Manager, IT R720,061 R460,630 – R1,000,704
 
Careers in ICT that currently have major shortages of women
Software Developers,
Software Testers,
Business Analysts
Programmers
Computer Engineering
Digital Marketing
IT support /helpdesk /technician

Must Read:

https://businesstech.co.za/news/industry-news/191190/five-inspiring-south-african-women-in-tech/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_computing

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