Even in 2012, there is still a big gap in the United States when it comes to the difference in income between men and women in similar jobs. But there are many fields where women are closing that gap and at least one career where women now make more than men.
A company named PayScale, which collects salary data, looked at the bachelor’s degrees of men and women in the workforce and found women make more money with a degree in just one major: Information Technology.
Kendra Castaneda is a senior at UT Dallas studying Computer Science, the university’s equivalent to an Information Technology undergraduate degree.
Her latest project involved a toy train and a computer.
“It actually sends a little command to the train, and we had to write the code,” said Castaneda as she showed CW 33 News the program she created. “To actually sit down and write the code for it to actually do it is exciting, because it’s not just for this train. You can apply it to several different things.”
She won’t graduate until May, but she already has a job where she’ll probably make more than her male co-workers.
PayScale said women with IT degrees make about $500 more than men with the same degree, the only field where that happens.
UT Dallas senior lecturer Shyam Karrah had one theory.
“I would definitely say that women are more organized. So when you look at the homework, everything, they take care of their work much earlier,” said Karrah.
Castaneda believed it came down to multitasking.
“I guess women don’t really get too bombarded with so many things to do,” Castaneda told CW 33 News.
Or maybe it’s because three out of every four computer science students at UT Dallas are men, so women like Castaneda are in demand.
“Sadly, we are still fixated on we should do something feminine with our lives, but IT gives us so much space to do whatever we want,” said Castaneda.
Karrah believed more women should be attracted to Information Technology as a career.
“There plentiful jobs, flexibility in work, and bottom line, they can look forward to a six figure salary,” said Karrah.
According to PayScale, some of the other majors where women at least make the same as men were mechanical engineering and management info systems.