I can name a few: Sue Ericksen, CIO of New York Life Insurance Company, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo and Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM.
These extremely smart and talented women have carved out successful careers in technology.
Yet, despite the inroads these women leaders have made, the question still remains: how many women do you actually know personally who are working in technology? Probably not that many – and it’s time for that to change.
A recent Forbes.com article titled It’s Time to Find the Women in Tech pointed out that one way to increase the number of qualified women in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industry is through bolstering education, opportunity and visibility for women in technology. It’s also interesting to note that women in technology earn 33 percent more in salary than their non-STEM peers!
Here’s a list of some highly compensated, niche positions where women can get on the right track to become the next CIOs, CEOs and COOs of companies.
- Network security engineer — Skills needed: UNIX/Linux scripting, killer analytical skills and strong technical knowledge.
- Senior Java Developer — Skills needed: Coding, a creative background and design and test component logic.
- Data Architecture Manager — Skills needed: Data migration tools, data modeling and integration experience and knowledge on how to implement and support data strategies.
- Virtualization Architect — Skills needed: Strong technical knowledge to design and implement complex system configurations and standards for several platforms at an expert level in a diverse and demanding customer environment.
- Project Manager Lead — Skills needed: Seasoned project manager with strong knowledge and experience in successfully integrating across multiple and complex technologies and systems.
All of these jobs require at least five years of experience in a similar position, excellent communication skills, a BS or MS in computer science, stellar leadership and management skills, strong knowledge of the IT industry and the ability to effectively articulate that knowledge in verbal and written presentations.
Many of these jobs are on the forefront of innovation, but culturally, we don’t normally envision women in these roles. However, at Randstad, we are looking to empower women in technology. Take a minute to check out this infographic about women in technology – female “superheroes” who have changed the face of technology through jobs very similar to the ones listed above.
Wouldn’t you want someone to consider you a “superhero” one day?