Over the last few decades, the working world has changed for women and things are heading in a positive direction. But it’s important to acknowledge that certain industries still have a long way to go before they’re representative of the world at large.
The tech world desperately needs more women, and for women with a keen interest in STEM, the tech world can be the perfect place for them to cut their teeth and make their mark.
Let’s go over some of the best careers for women in the tech industry.
Note: Salary guides below are based on averaged statistics and may be different depending on your location or degree of experience.
Web designers are crucial in the world of tech. They must be both creative and technically skilled to make sure that not only their websites are aesthetically pleasing but are also easy to navigate. So if you know the principles of design, have experience with various content management systems, and are comfortable with the basic principles of search engine optimization and user experience then this might be the job for you.
Salary Guide: The average salary for entry-level web designers is about $46,400 a year and your salary will rise as you become more experienced with some locations offering around $90,000.
If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that we can’t survive without our online shopping. To work in e-commerce you’ll probably be best suited for success if you’ve got a background in marketing or business, but if you’ve got other applicable skills such as content marketing, data analysis experience, web development, and some ideas about search engine optimization, then you’ve essentially got everything you need to succeed. To get inspired by this career, check out this article and read about how a career in e-commerce led Jody Kelman to become the director of project management at Lyft.
Salary Guide: The average salary for an e-commerce specialist is about $48,750 a year and with experience, the salary can move up to $82,875.
It’s a well-worn cliche that women are good at making things beautiful but, as we know, most cliches are rooted in the truth. If you’ve got an eye for design then this career is perfect for you. As we know, the Internet is a visual place and we’re often drawn into a site due to its aesthetics. As a graphic designer, you’d work closely with the marketing department to create an impressive and cohesive look for the site. Australian federal government predictions have projected that the future will be strong for graphic and web designers as well as illustrators.
Salary Guide: The average salary for a junior graphic designer sits at around $35,000 a year and with experience can move up to $75,000.
This industry is a ground-breaker because – as we’ve learned in a study by Comparably– web development, mobile development, and system administration are the only areas in the tech world in which women are earning more than their male counterparts on average. The skills you’ll need to showcase on your resume are a sense of creativity, problem-solving abilities, data analysis skills, and knowledge of programming languages (Apple iOS developers generally use Objective-C and Android developers typically use Java). If you’re looking to develop your skills or learn more about the industry check out these interviews with women in the programming and software development space.
Salary Guide: There is a major need for mobile developers and the average salary reflects that coming in at around $65,000 – $80,000 per year for entry-level alone.
Making Money With Bitcoin
As this article from Zipmex tells us there are so many ways to make money with Bitcoin. From trading, investing, mining, lending, or getting involved in affiliate earnings the possibilities are seemingly limitless. Another benefit to Bitcoin for women is that it can easily be done as a freelance gig meaning you can fit it around everything else you’ve got going on in your life whether that’s studying, running your own business, or even raising a family.
Salary Guide: With technology like Bitcoin there’s no real salary guide you can turn to but basically, like most things in life, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. There are so many ways to make money with Bitcoin and if you’d like to understand more about cryptocurrency, check here.
Digital Marketing & Social Media
Marketing, PR, and social media are typically female-dominated industries, and, as anyone who has ever worked in a male-dominated industry will tell you, it can be stressful, to say the least, so it can feel incredibly empowering to be surrounded by badass women each and every day. One of the best things about marketing is that you could work for clients across a wide range of industries from health and beauty, travel, business, and even NGO work. If you enter into this industry the world is your oyster.
Salary Guide: A digital marketer could expect to make roughly $60,000 which could rise to $70,000 for a senior digital marketer and a social media specialist could expect around $73,000.
Guest Author: Marcus is the co-founder and CEO of Zipmex. He oversees the entire global expansion and development of the exchange ecosystem. He was previously the founder and CEO of Oneflare.com.au, Australia’s fastest-growing marketplace for local services, which was partially acquired by Fairfax Media to form part of the Domain Group (ASXLDHG). He was also the winner of the Anthill Entrepreneur Award and Deloitte APAC Fast 500.