Change the Equation examined a major international dataset that looks past job titles to see what skills people actually use on the job. The results, presented in the two infographics below, are eye-opening. We found that traditional occupational classifications often do not accurately represent the work people actually do on the job. First, the need for complex computer skills extends far beyond what the BLS currently classifies as computer occupations. Second, most women who write code, develop software, or maintain computer networks are not being counted in estimates of the computing workforce.
Change the Equation research shows that 7.7 million people in the United States use complex computing in their jobs -- almost double the number of U.S. computing workers reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS).
Change the Equation's research has also uncovered some 1.5 million previously overlooked women who perform complex computer tasks such as coding or maintaining computer networks. These women have gone largely unnoticed, because they do not have job titles like computer programmer or network administrator, which are typically classified as STEM jobs.