We’ve compiled some of the latest statistics about women in engineering. You can find more of this data on the Society of Women Engineers’ research site: research.swe.org.
Freshmen Intentions to Major in Engineering, Math, Statistics, or Computer Science:1
- 2006: 18.4% (men); 3.5% (women)
- 2014: 26.9% (men); 7.9% (women)
Women Leaving Engineering/STEM
- Over 32% of women switch out of STEM degree programs in college.
- Only 30% of women who earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering are still working in engineering 20 years later.
- 30% of women who have left the engineering profession cite organizational climate as the reason.
- 54% increase in bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering and computer science to women from 2011 (23,606) to 2016 (36,453).
- 3% of bachelor’s degrees awarded to women in engineering and computer science.
- 6% of bachelor’s degrees in engineering awarded to women of color.
- Female engineers earn 10% less than male engineers.
- 61% of women engineers report that they have to prove themselves repeatedly to get the same level of respect and recognition as their colleagues.
Top 10 Engineering Degrees for Women 2016-17