Women in Technology (BCWiT) Team is a core group of women, members of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC), representing various disciplines in the technology field.
ASTTBC undertook a survey of its female members (results published April 21 2009) to gather information why the numbers of women in technology careers is low. The survey focused on the challenges and issues that women in technology faced as they chose a career in technology, prepared to enter the workforce in a technology career and as they developed their technology career.
The results of the survey indicated that it is critical to capture the interest of girls at a younger age with hands on events and more focused career counseling*. More female role models and media engagements are vital to raise awareness of the many opportunities available to women in choosing a career in technology. Women who are preparing to enter the workforce in a technology career are looking for co-op programs and internships to facilitate their interest in a particular field. Students are also asking for more tools to assist with the job search process. Women that are developing their careers are seeking mentoring and networking opportunities, whether it is to discuss professional development in their field, challenges working their particular field of expertise, or advancement into senior management.
ASTTBC in partnership with industry and other stakeholders, is embarking on the large task of promoting awareness of the technology fields to address the labour shortage of skilled technology workers. The work of the BCWiT Team is to support this endeavor by promoting careers in technology to women and is making progress.
* Statistics Canada Census 2006 indicate 47.7% of the workforce are women and 21.1% of those work in the applied science and technical field.