Editor's Note: This post was originally published September 2015 and has recently been updated and revised for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
In 2018, the IT industry has seen significant gains in female participation in developer positions, but more work remains to be done. A recent HackerRank study indicates that women under 25 are now 33% more likely to study computer science than those who were born before 1983. Newly emerging niches in software development are prime areas for growth for female developers, notably cloud development and DevOps. Read more about Cloud Development, DevOps, or continue reading an updated version of the original 2015 article below.