Diverse Students Are Graduating With Tech Degrees At A Much Higher Rate Than They’re Being Hired

July 17, 2015  |  

In order to combat the diversity problem in tech, there needs to be ample candidates. That’s been one of the problems identified in this ongoing discussion. However, the Computer Research Association says 4.1 percent of all the degrees handed out in the areas of computer science, IT and computer engineering were handed to Black students. Still, at companies like Yahoo and Google, only two percent of staffers are Black. We’re talking about small numbers here, but it points to the fact that even when the studies and training are achieved, there’s still that struggle to be placed.

If you click on our Tech Talk and Behind the Click sections, you’ll see that this diversity gap is getting a lot of attention, from activists like Rev. Jesse Jackson, members of the tech community who are focused squarely on introducing more diversity into the pipeline, and even from the companies themselves, who in various cases have vowed to launch programs that will change the situation.

The Washington Post adds to the list of reasons an “unconscious bias” that comes into play during the course of the recruitment process. “A 2015 study by the McKinsey consulting firm showed that companies with more diversity in leadership were 35 percent more likely to report financial returns above their national industry median,” the article says.

To start, tech companies are going to HBCUs to introduce themselves to students and offer the basics on how to gain entry into the industry. On both sides, there must be continued determination to drive up those numbers. In the end, minorities will benefit from gaining entry into one of the most robust industries in the world right now, one that promises to hire and promote far into the future. And companies get the benefit of the creativity and innovation that comes from having a pool of trained staffers with different points of view.

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