Fewer girls are considering a career in IT because the industry doesn't have enough positive female role models.
According to a survey commissioned by Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion, only 28 per cent of girls aged 11 to 16 were considering working in technology, even though 90 percent of those surveyed described technology as 'cool'. In contrast, 52 per cent of boys wanted to work in the field when they grew up.
According to Charmaine Eggberry, the vice-president EMEA at RIM and creator of the Blackberry Women & Technology Awards, the problem is a lack of understanding about a career in technology.
"The technology industry and current employees of the sector need to work together to highlight the great opportunities that technology jobs can provide," she said.
The research also highlighted that 43 per cent of boys and girls felt a career in technology was 'not exciting', while 30 per cent described it as 'too geeky'. Pay is also seen as an important factor, with 75 per cent of those surveyed saying they would be attracted to a career in technology if they felt there was a significant financial reward on offer.