Cool Career Avenues For the Next Generation of Girls Who Tech

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Who says techies need to be hood-wearing computer geeks? There is a new breed of women who are making their mark on the web with jobs you may have never known existed. Each of these high-reward career paths provides a sizable salary, ample benefits and unbelievable perks.

More than 5.1 million people worked in core technology jobs in the U.S. at the end of 2015, but just 25 percent of those jobs were held by women. This according to a recent study done by Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis for CompTIA, the trade association for the tech industry. Several factors take play in discouraging girls from IT jobs: Not a lot of female role models in the industry and girl’s lack of awareness about tech opportunities.

Hopefully this post will shed more light on those opportunities. To learn more, email me at inexpensivechic@gmail.com with the subject line: “Girls Who Tech “and I will send you a free to e-book.

  • Music data scientist: Music data scientists use machine learning to test and refine playlist algorithms. Music data scientists analyze everything from music similarity to music knowledge, playlist generation and more to help customers discover music they will love.
  • Virtual museum curator: Virtual museum curators choose communication and navigation technologies to extend and enrich the total museum experience, particularly in the areas of personal engagement, participation and community involvement. Virtual Museum Curators are hired by museums to allow people to experience a museum and gallery from the comfort of their own home.
  • Visual journalist: Visual journalists use technology to make news more interactive, more engaging and creative, and make users more involved. For modern visual journalists, it isn’t just about images but moving 3D models, quizzes, surveys, and newer, brighter ways of not only presenting data to the public but getting them involved in it, making the reader a part of the story instead of just a consumer of information.
  • Informatics nurse: An informatics nurse integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate information in the nursing practice. One of the primary responsibilities of an informatics nurse is to ensure information technology systems are as up-to-date as possible, and all information is accessible to doctors, nurses, specialists and the patients themselves to drive better decision-making.
  • Wildlife Technican – A wildlife technician works in the field assessing the health of wildlife and resources that pertain to animals’ natural habitat. Responsibilities include boat handling, applying the use of GPS units, fish netting, sampling and tagging, as well as working under standardized protocols for habitat assessment, wetland classification, bird banding and use of wildlife monitoring technologies.
  • Smart cities analyst – A smart cities analyst will guide urban development as cities become smarter, and technology becomes an even bigger part of city living. The role will require using technology systems to improve energy and conservation, transportation, public services and more.
  • Textiles engineer – From clothes to bed sheets, draperies, carpeting, upholstery fabrics and towels, textile engineers design and develop the processes, equipment and procedures that create all these fibers, yarns and fabrics.

 

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