Last week on February 11 was International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). February 11’s mission is to empower women and provide equal access to STEM education and work.

The United Nations identified that “despite a shortage of skills in most of the technological fields, women still account for only 28% of engineering graduates and 40% of graduates in computer science and informatics.”

The United Nations continues to say that female researchers in STEM have:

• Shorter careers
• Smaller pay packages
• And are overlooked for promotions

This year, female scientists addressed Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). The theme at the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science Assembly was ‘Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Water Unites Us’.

Across Australia, there is a skills shortage and future demand for STEM workers, including:
• Engineers in multiple disciplines
• ICT Project Managers & ICT Security Specialists
• Accountants in multiple disciplines
• Software Developers & Developer Programmers
• Geologists, Geophysicists, Hydrogeologists & Biochemists

You can find more skills shortages and industries with future demand at the National Skills Commission’s Skills Priority List 2021.

Joblife aims to help empower women. We encourage all women and girls to pursue education and employment in STEM fields.

We believe there is a job for everybody, so connect with us today to begin your journey to finding meaningful employment in STEM. You can connect with us here.

Read more about International Day of Women and Girls in Science here.