It makes sense that women should be interested in tech jobs. Take a quick look at the top paid jobs in the country and you’ll quickly see that highly skilled workers are paid the most and that tech companies are on top. Cisco systems, for example, pays their average worker over $120,000. Even the lowest paid position earns nearly $70,000. Yet women, who are half the workforce in the U.S., hold only 10% of the tech jobs.
Part of this may be that girls don’t take tech classes and women don’t choose tech careers. But women in tech fields report that they have trouble getting hired, that they’re not considered for promotion, and that they’re not taken seriously in networking opportunities. The solution? Own your own business.
Investing in a tech franchise like WSI Internet or Fas-Teks doesn’t require an engineering degree and you don’t have to wait for someone to hire or promote you. America’s Best Franchises lists many tech-oriented business opportunities.
Want to go back to the root of the problem of female underrepresentation in tech fields?
Early math skills are linked to income in later life, and it’s clear that success in technical fields, today’s students need strong math skills. However, American students are still lagging behind many other countries that focus more on mathematics development. Statistics for women in technological fields are even more dismal and this fact has been linked many times to social norms that deter young women from pursuing studies in math. Studies show that females are just as good at math as males but have few roles models for success in mathematics and technology fields. Would you like to make a difference in this issue?
Mathnasium is a franchise that teaches students vital math skills they need for success in tech industry jobs. With programs specifically geared towards woman franchisees, Mathnasium is trying to encourage talking about math to children in a way that makes sense to them. Having women role models in math can help make the difference between a young woman continuing on a tech path or doing something she sees as more socially acceptable.
The methods used in Mathnasium are the unique part of the business that differentiates it from other tutoring franchises. In twice weekly sessions, students focus on their particular problems at their own pace, so they can learn more than they would in a traditional classroom setting. Tutors can work with multiple students at once, increasing opportunities for revenue, unlike other programs that require strict one-on-one lessons. This also allows for interaction among students to create engaging math lessons and build a community of students who see math as a fun and socially acceptable pursuit, getting over one of the biggest hurdles of math success.
Whether by stepping out as the owner of an IT company or by encouraging girls and young women in math, tech-oriented women can make a difference in their communities while working toward their own success..