One emerging problem in America is rapid growth of the tech industry, and the lack of skilled applicants required to fill jobs created by that growth.

But even within the current workforce, there is a massive diversity gap. Stack Overflow, an online community of computer developers, found in its latest online survey of more than 100,000 developers some startling diversity issues within the industry.

Responses to the 2018 survey show that 92.9 percent of developers identify as male, with less than seven percent of the workforce identifying as women, and 74.2 percent of developers list their race and ethnicity as white or of European descent. South Asian was second, coming in at just 11.5 percent of the whole workforce.

Lack of diversity is a big issue, and one that The Software Guild is committed to solving.

The Software Guild offers scholarships to women, veterans of all genders and minorities through the America’s Promise Job Driven Grant Program. These programs can help provide equity in coding education and narrow the diversity gap in computer development.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and mathematical occupations are among the top five fastest growing major occupational groups, with an anticipated growth rate of 13.7 percent through 2026. Looking deeper, the software development field is expected to grow by 24 percent in that span, adding more than 300,000 new jobs.

The Center for Cyber Safety and Education found that many of these new jobs may go unfilled. The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study predicted as many as 1.8 million IT jobs could be vacant by 2022.

The Software Guild helps prepare developers of the future. Our commitment to increasing diversity through scholarships and grants can help those looking for a career in coding or a career switch find a meaningful and well-paying job.

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Through America’s Promise and other grant programs, The Software Guild is committed to the diversity of students and employees, spanning military veterans, women and people of color.

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The Role Diversity Should Play

Diverse workplaces out-perform homogenous workplaces.

The Harvard Business Review found in a survey of 1,800 professionals, 40 case studies, and numerous interviews and focus groups that employees in a diverse workplace outperform and are more innovative than companies with less diverse workplaces.

The survey looked at two kinds of diversity: inherent, involving traits you were born with or identify as, such as gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation; and acquired, such as having an appreciation for cultural and gender differences acquired through prior work. Companies with at least three traits in each category performed much better than those that didn’t display the same kind of diversity.

The survey found that “employees at these companies are 45 percent likelier to report that their firm’s market share grew over the previous year and 70 percent likelier to report that the firm captured a new market.”

Mercer, one of the world’s largest human resources consulting firms, calculates that it will take 118 years to close the gender gap, “in terms of labor market opportunity, education, political cloud and health.”

In its 2016 study titled When Women Thrive, after looking at 3.2 million employees from 583 organizations in 42 countries, researchers found that women make up just 35 percent of an average company’s workforce at the professional level and above.

One way for the tech industry to tackle lack of diversity in the workforce is to hire more women. Apple, Microsoft and Google, three companies that report comprehensive diversity statistics on their websites, still have workforces that are about two-thirds male. In 2017, about one-third of Apple’s overall employee population consisted of women. Microsoft found its percentage of women employed in 2016 was less than 26 percent, and Google reported that their female workforce has grown to 31 percent.

The Software Guild realizes this is a problem and is attempting to help close that diversity gap. We offer a $2,000 Women in Technology scholarship for female enrollees in Software Guild, either through the fully-online program or the Louisville or Minneapolis on-ground coding bootcamp program.

Addressing Diversity In The Tech Industry

Forbes Insights, a division of Forbes media, concluded in a study that “a diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive innovation, foster creativity and guide business strategies.”

Tech companies, such as the ones mentioned above, are beginning to realize this and are starting to address their lack of diversity.

A more diverse workforce can help generate new ideas, and in the increasingly competitive and lucrative technology industry, a new idea can be the difference between a successful company or program and a failed one.

In addition, a study that analyzed work environments that foster and encourage innovation from a diverse workforce found that 97 percent of employees believe they work in a “great workplace.”

Grants for Military and Minorities

The Software Guild wants to play a role in helping close the diversity gap, and we are doing that through our partnership with the federal government and the America’s Promise Job-Driven Grants program, which offers full tuition to people of color, women, veterans and unemployed or underemployed people who reside in Minneapolis.

The grant, and an education from The Software Guild, can play a huge role in promoting a more diverse, innovative workforce.

From Military To Civilian Life

One of the nation’s biggest underreported struggles is the difficulties faced by members of the U.S. military as they adjust to civilian life.

A major hurdle that many veterans face is knowing how to effectively communicate their skills onto a resume for a job back home. But in an article from 2016 in Tech Crunch, some technology companies have learned that hiring military veterans give them a competitive advantage.

Many veterans are highly skilled in important soft skills, such as discipline, time management, leadership and critical thinking. These are all qualities that technology companies are searching for in candidates, especially for complicated jobs as computer developers.

In 2011, then-First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative that has helped give veterans the tools they need to find work or start their own businesses.

The Software Guild recognizes that military veterans add to a company’s diverse workforce and can always be counted on. We provide a Veterans Who Code scholarship, a $2,000 award for veterans enrolling online, in Louisville or Minneapolis.

Become A Technology Leader

The Software Guild operates coding bootcamps online, in Louisville, Kentucky and Minneapolis, Minnesota that teach students the basics of computer programming and the skills needed to take on a new career in the tech industry. And through America’s Promise and other grant programs, The Software Guild is committed to the diversity of students and employees, spanning military veterans, women and people of color.

The Software Guild is working diligently to fill the widening tech skills gap by transforming novices into coding professionals as quickly as possible. Students choose instruction based on Java or .NET/C# and gain the skills and qualifications it takes to land a career as a junior developer in as little as 12 weeks. Discover the unlimited opportunities that await you at The Software Guild.

Black male leader presides over a meeting with diverse technology team in a wood paneled room with white board, conference tables and laptops.