Reasons and Resources for Sparking Girls’ Interests in Computing
Reasons Why Young People Should Consider a Computing Career
A computing career offers job security, high salaries, and meaningful work for bachelor’s degree holders:
- For someone choosing to study computing now, the prospect of finding a job in the field is extremely good. By 2026, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts 3.5 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. However, far too few people are being trained to fill those jobs.
- Compared to other major occupational groups, computing tends to pay very well. The median annual pay for computing occupations is approximately $76,000 a year, more than for any other occupational group except management.
- Technology professionals work on creative teams to develop cutting-edge products and solutions. They are at the forefront of solving health problems, improving the environment, keeping us connected, and more.
Sparking Girls’ Interest in Computing
Talk with Girls About the Creativity of a Computing Job and the Value of Technical Skills
- “Why Should Young Women Consider a Career in Information Technology?” streamlines talking points for adults. (View in English or Spanish.)
- Careers with Code magazine is a guide for teenagers who are interested in future careers that mix computer science with their skills, interests, and passion. (View the magazine online.)
- NCWIT Counselors for Computing (C4C) Careers with Code posters help students envision how they can use computer science skills to make a difference in the world. (View the posters online.)
- TECHNOLOchicas highlights the lives of “relatable” Latinas in tech from diverse backgrounds and environments through broadcast television, local events, social media, and online videos. (View the campaign online.)
- Presented by the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS) in collaboration with NCWIT, the “Modern Figures Podcast” is a conversational-style podcast that will elevate the voices of Black female scholars in computing. Guests from the Black Women in Computing (BWIC) community are invited to share their stories and perspectives on technical, societal, and personal topics. The first of ten podcasts is slated to roll out in late January, with others to follow throughout Black History Month.
Discover Local Opportunities and Explore Through Activities
- NCWIT AspireIT is designed to teach K-12 girls programming fundamentals and computational thinking in fun, creative, and hands-on environments — all while using a near-peer approach. (View the AspireIT Program Directory to find one near you.)
- The Connectory offers the most comprehensive collection of STEM opportunities and programs that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create.
- “Top 10 Ways Families Can Encourage Girl’s Interest in Computing” suggests “tinkering,” interactive online programming instruction, and more. (View this NCWIT guide in English or Español.)