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Wall Street Journal, September 25
Growth in the share of women entering science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields has slowed down, according to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. One of the main problems, say experts, is getting women interested in computer science. While women are working toward parity with men in other technical fields, the share of women pursuing computer jobs has been declining. In 2011, women made up 27% of computer occupations, but the number has dropped since 1990 when it was 34%. There has been an increase in women employed in STEM occupations, but they are still underrepresented in engineering and computer occupations that make up more than 80% of STEM employment.
The main fault for the gender gap in IT lies with the media, says researchers, who point to a recent academic paper showing how negative media portrayals of computer science professionals impact how women view the profession. In general, women are less likely to have interest…
Computerworld, September 23
While overall demand for IT professionals is expected to remain steady in 2014, there are eight hot IT skills that have the potential to reshape the hiring landscape for companies and recruiters next year. According to experts, IT skills expected to be in highest demand for 2014 include programming and application development; networking; mobile; project management and database administration. In 2014, 32% of companies are expecting to increase headcount in their IT organizations, compared with 33% in 2013.
Programming and application development tops the list of hot IT skills, although just under half of the respondents said they would hire in this area over the next 12 months, compared with 60% last year. Software developers, especially those with mobile development expertise, are the most sought-after technology workers and currently enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates around, just 1.8%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Help desk…