Computing careers not only offer high salaries and job security, but they also provide meaningful work to our world. Technology such as apps that connect victims of violence to resources or computer programs that keep healthcare workers safe from COVID-19 are increasingly becoming things we can’t live without. If you’re not sure where to get started or are looking for a job in the field, Birmingham organizations can help.
1. NCWIT AiC
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) recognizes that for the computing world to truly succeed, it needs inclusion. Not everyone is encouraged to pursue tech interestest based on disabilities, gender and other factors.
NCWIT’s programs start all the way from middle school, some of the most influential years for young women, and lead initiatives that help women into full STEM-based careers.
- Read more about NCWIT’s Alabama Digital Skills Initiative
- Apply for Technical Training Opportunities for Women in Alabama (Hurry, deadlines are fast approaching.)
- Are you an educator trying to close the diversity gap in Computer Science learning? Take a look at NCWIT’s resources.
2. Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Did you know in 2014 only 3.2% of female freshmen came in with the intention of pursuing a degree in engineering, math, statistics, or computer science, according to SWE? SWE is a national organization with a chapter in Birmingham that encourages and educates young women about the different aspects of engineering.
- Read about how the Society of Women Engineers are involved in Birmingham
- Get involved by joining SWE or as a student looking for scholarship opportunities, mentorship or other in the engineering field
3. STREAM Innovations
What’s the best way to ensure innovation in future career field? Expose the concepts to students early. Between coding bootcamps, interactive activities and enrichment lessons STREAM covers all bases when promoting engagement among elementary and middle school students.
- Read more about STREAM Innovations and their impact on Birmingham
- Contact STREAM and find out how you can get involved
4. Innovate Birmingham
Right in the heart of the Magic City, Innovate Birmingham meets our state’s demand for a tech sector workforce. As tech permeates every inch of our life Innovate is determined to find the right spot for you through their training programs. Ultimately, the goal is to get YOU to provide solutions to longstanding local and national problems.
- Read about how Innovate Birmingham is filling the demand of data analysts
- Apply for career development programs, pre-apprenticeship training and degrees or certificate programs
- Did you know Innovate Birmingham is completely FREE? The nonprofit is connected to over 30 companies in the Magic City, putting you on a fast track to your next job.
Phew, where to start with TechBirmingham? The nonprofit does A LOT for Birmingham when it comes to recruiting talent, assisting local tech programs and compiling resources for you to get involved in the tech world. The team hosts virtual business events and are even working to bring innovation and technology into classrooms through ED Farm.
- Apply through their job board or attend one of their business events to learn more and make connections
- TechBirmingham has an extensive list of community resources if you’re looking to connect with other companies, entrepreneurs or learn more about Birmingham’s tech scene
6. Women Who Code Birmingham
Women Who Code has a supportive and resourceful community to lead you through the next steps if you’re looking to get recognized in the tech industry or level up your career. Not only are you connected with other women in STEM fields, but you can participate in discussions and tutorials for learning hard and soft skills.
- Apply for jobs, or learn more about Women Who Code Birmingham
- Follow the organization on Twitter and Facebook
A partner with Innovation Depot, Covalence educates future developers front-end and full-stack development skills through an accelerated model. If you bring your ambition and drive, Covalence ensures their program is teaching you exactly what Birmingham employers are searching for, like Shipt, Amazon and Bank of America.
- Learn more about Covalence’s different programs and see which one suits your future goals.
- Connect on Facebook