Here are numbers you don’t see every day. More women than men were hired for tech jobs this year, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Out of the 39,900 jobs created from January to September of this year in what BLS calls the “computer systems design and related services” jobs category, 60 percent went to women. This compares to the 34 percent of IT jobs that went to women in 2012, InfoWorld reported.
This is the first time in at least a decade that women have outnumbered men in tech hires. This can be seen from a visualization created by Dice Holdings, Inc., a technology and engineering careers site.
The graphic also shows another curious finding from the data. The number of women hired is similar to numbers from years past, however, the number of men hired is much lower then in previous years. Overall, IT job creation is weak this year with only 39,900 workers hired in the first nine months of 2013, compared with 85,200 hired in all of 2012.
Many will agree that this year’s changes to the longstanding tech worker gender imbalance aren’t significant enough to be felt in the real world yet.
“I’m still frequently mistaken for somebody’s girlfriend or somebody’s assistant at industry events,” said Kathryn Minshew, a Y Combinator alum and the CEO of career-focused site Muse, has told Inc.
What remains to be seen is if 2013 is the year that the guy to girl ratio starts to even out permanently.