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Section 3: Women: Disability, work, income and benefits

3.3. How often are women with disabilities employed in computer-related jobs?

Women, with and without disabilities, have fewer jobs in the emerging computer industry. As shown in the chart below, women as a group also work more often in the lower-paying jobs as computer equipment operators than in the more lucrative jobs as computer programmers or scientists. Fewer women with disabilities work as computer operators (28,700, or 8.3% of women in the job category), compared to 40,000 men with disabilities (14.2% of men in the category). Computer programming employs only about 9,300 women with disabilities, or 5.6% of women in the category. Many more men with disabilities work as computer programmers (45,400 men or 10.3% of men in the category). Approximately 51,400 women with disabilities work as computer scientists, representing 16.8% of the women in the category. By comparison, about 58,000 men with disabilities work as computer scientists, but they represent only 7.5% of men working in this category.

Women with disabilities are underrepresented as computer programmers and computer equipment operators, compared to men with disabilities.

Horizontal bar chart. Go to Data Table for Figure 12 for the data values shown in this chart.

Figure 12: Number and percentage of people with and without disabilities in computer-related job categories, by gender, 16 to 64 years old

Data Table for Figure 12

Source: J. McNeil (personal communication, January, 1999)

Surveys: SIPP, 1994-95 (unpublished data)

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