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Does It Matter That There Are More Famous Women in Tech? [infographic]

Women are underrepresented in tech. At Facebook, only 15 percent of engineers are women; at Google, that number is 17 percent. At the same time, there are finally some big, female names heading up tech giants. Do more famous faces equal a better situation for regular women in STEM fields?

Women are underrepresented in tech. At Facebook, only 15 percent of engineers are women; at Google, that number is 17 percent. At the same time, there are finally some big, female names heading up tech giants. Do more famous faces equal a better situation for regular women in STEM fields?

Marissa Mayer 

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Looking at the top five jobs from U.S. News‘s list of best tech jobs for 2014, and using PayScale data for male-to-female ratios for each occupation, we can see how outnumbered women really are in top tech fields:

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1. Software Developer

Median Salary: $65,451

Male-to-Female Ratio: 89 percent male, 11 percent female

2. Computer Systems Analyst

Median Salary: $60,438

Male-to-Female Ratio: 80 percent male, 20 percent female

3. Web Developer

Median Salary: $52,981

Male-to-Female Ratio: 82 percent male, 18 percent female

4. Information Security Analyst

Median Salary: $68,680

Male-to-Female Ratio: 82 percent male, 18 percent female

5. Database Administrator

Median Salary: $68,393

Male-to-Female Ratio: 74 percent male, 26 percent female

In short, as inspirational as we might find Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, their stories haven’t yet trickled down to normal, working people. A recent infographic from WhoIsHostingThis.com shows that how the gender imbalance persists at tech companies.

women in tech 

(Infographic Credit: WhoIsHostingThis.com)

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Do you think things are improving for women in tech? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment or join the discussion on Twitter.

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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