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IT Technician Training: A Good Choice for Women

11 DEC 2012
Career Path : Computers and Technology

Though the stereotypical computer expert is almost always depicted as a man with severe myopia to match poor social skills, computer technology has always had female participation and IT Technician training is hardly a single sex calling. Women can (and do!) enjoy all the advantages of a career working with computers, including job security, flexible work hours and location choices, portability and excellent salaries.


Scholarships and funding exist for women and men going into non-traditional fields, as well as specific money put aside to encourage women to become programmers, network administrators and hardware engineers. As well as encouraging more males in nursing, governments and interested parties, ranging from trusts to corporate funds, recognize all the talented women who might otherwise pass over information technology courses and offer grants and supplements. Women going into IT may even be first introduced to the possibility through advocacy groups reaching out to females of all ages, from child to adult. Today, roughly one in four of the people employed in IT will be women, a not modest and slowly growing number in what may currently remain a male dominated field.


As for whether women studying computers is somehow unusual, the first computer programmer was a woman. Long before it was even possible to take information technology courses, Ada Lovelace was writing code for Babbage’s ‘Difference Engine’. Daughter of a famous Romantic era poet, Lord Byron, a childhood steeped in mathematics segued nicely into becoming the first computer coder in existence. In further support of a female role with IT WWII British cryptographers relied on all female teams of mathematicians, called literally ‘computers’. Their role was to preform manual calculations now performed by machine, and it’s no wonder that contemporary to the same period American navy inventor, Dr. Grace Hooper, was able to invent the programming language COBOL, as well as invent and advocate numerous contributions to standardization in computers that are necessary for the technology we enjoy today. Meanwhile, modern critics of female mathematic ability take note: many university undergraduate programs in mathematics are now filled, in the majority, by women, making no difference in math skills for men and women going into IT Technician training.


Nor are traditional female priorities and skills incompatible with a job as an IT Technician. Family oriented women will find information technology courses can allow them to work from home, great for juggling childcare responsibilities with employment, while the number of IT Technicians employed in help desk or support roles is quite compatible with beliefs about an inherent or learned inclinations of cooperation and helpfulness in women. Meanwhile the average internet user is more likely to be a woman, as female participation exceeded men, making it an easy next step into maintaining, installing and programing the same networks and machines women use in vast numbers. Thus, this plus special funding for women, and a long history of involvement by women in the history of computers, combine to make computers a highly attractive choice.


Visit Academy of Learning College for more information on IT Technician training.