Is studying STEM the only way for women to enter the data industry?

There is a clear pathway for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates to become data professionals. Those who have studied STEM subjects at school or university currently dominate the data workforce. Studying STEM often guarantees an excellent, progressive career and is a popular route into the data industry, but it is not the only one.

We are all familiar with the statistics that show us the number of women graduating from STEM degrees. Depending on the source, we find this number hovers between 20-30% in the UK, and according to some of these sources, this number is dropping, year on year. However, this shouldn't deter you. 

Our research shows that more than 30% of our current data professionals come from non-STEM backgrounds. At Kubrick alone, we have seen female consultants, from a range of backgrounds outside of STEM, excelling in their data careers and have also noted the positive impact this has had on client projects.

We predict an industry shift over the next few years and we want women to be at the forefront of such change. We will be joining with schools and universities to make a career in data an option for more women. We will also be working with girls during their school, college and university years to ensure they understand how they can get into data and whether they should take the STEM route or not.

We are certain future leaders and professionals in the data field will come from a diverse range of backgrounds and diverse education, including STEM, social sciences and more, and we want to make a career in data possible for everyone.

by Kerryn Pannell

Posted on July 05, 2019