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Women in Engineering: An Insights Report from Learn more at ImAnEngineer.com
Women continue to be one of the most underrepresented demographics in engineering. 13.6% 86.4% of employed engineers with bachelor’s degrees are women of employed engineers with bachelor’s degrees are men
For advanced degrees, the gap continues. 18% of employed engineers with master’s degrees are women 14% of employed engineers with doctorate degrees are women 82% of employed engineers with master’s degrees are men 86% of employed engineers with doctorate degrees are men
Women are closing the gap, however, in a few disciplines. Here are the top three engineering professions with the most women:* Civil Engineer Electrical Engineer Mechanical Engineer 23,000 20,000 14,000 *Excluding “other” engineers. Limited to holders of bachelors’ degrees.
And here are the bottom three professions with the fewest employed women engineers:* Chemical Engineer Industrial Engineer Aerospace Engineer 10,000 8,000 5,000 *Excluding “other” engineers. Limited to holders of bachelors’ degrees.
Of the 291,000 undergraduates to receive engineering degrees in the last five years, only 60,000 (21%) were women.
Compare that to master’s recipients. In the last five years... 22% of master’s recipients 78% of master’s recipients 29,000 gradutes 103,000 gradutes were women were men
Of the 110,800 women engineers employed in universities... ...roughly 10% are deans, department heads or chairs
The only area in which women engineers overwhelmingly outnumbered male engineers is leaving the workforce because of obligations at home. Of the 992,000 engineers who left work for family responsibilities, 86% were women.
Recent data reports the average median salary across all engineering occupations, races and sexes is $90,000. $82,000 $92,000 median annual salary of full-time woman engineer median annual salary of full-time male engineer
This disparity continues into positions of leadership. Of the 237,000 engineers who are managers: 91% 216,000 are men 9% 21,000 are women
Sources: Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SEST) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics National Science Foundation National Survey of College Graduates