Data science is a field where men and women enjoy near parity in terms of university students and jobs, according to one expert.
We hear a lot about the underrepresentation of women in STEM jobs, but analytics is shaping up to be a level playing field, according to one industry expert's predictions for 2014.
Steven Hillion, chief product officer at Alpine Data Labs, listed this assertion at the top of his new year's forecast:
Women will take a far more prominent role in the world of data science, helping solve the data scientist shortage. Women are leading and succeeding in data science. Data science draws upon applied sciences where women have had great success. Data science is collaborative and communicative -- characteristics that have been traditionally associated with women. We're increasingly seeing more and more women entering and excelling in data science. Leading data scientists are as likely to be a woman as a man.
This prediction is based primarily on a talk that Hillion gave at this year's Strata Conference in New York. He said that, unlike in most IT roles, women are fairly close to achieving parity with men in data analysis.