Managing Science and Technology Occupations of Women in Nigeria

Authors

  • Helen Olubunmi Aderemi National Centre for Technology Management
  • Hassan, O. M. National Centre for Technology Management
  • Siyanbola, W. O. National Centre for Technology Management
  • Taiwo, K. National Centre for Technology Management

Keywords:

Science and technology, occupations, women, female, post-graduation, Nigeria.

Abstract

The study examined the occupational activities of female graduates in science and technology related fields with a view to assessing factors influencing their performance and make recommendations to enhance women work experiences in S&T occupations. The data for the study was collected through questionnaire and interview schedule from a sample of 2110 respondents comprising of employed female Science and Technology (S&T) graduates and heads of departments in tertiary institutions and S&T firms in Nigeria. The study reveal that most female S&T graduates (FSTGs) employed in tertiary institutions and research institutions were engaged in S&T based occupations. However, in corporate firms, most of the FSTGs work either in administration, finance or R&D departments. In addition, a large proportion takes less paying non S&T jobs for domestic reasons and lack of suitable vacancies. This suggests gross under-utilization of human resource. Some S&T organizations did not have any female working in S&T departments. Recommendations were made to enhance the recruitment, retention and performance of women in S&T employment in Nigeria.

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Author Biographies

Helen Olubunmi Aderemi, National Centre for Technology Management

Technology Innovation and Enterprise Studies Department, Snr. Research Officer

Hassan, O. M., National Centre for Technology Management

National Centre for Technology Management

Siyanbola, W. O., National Centre for Technology Management

National Centre for Technology Management

Taiwo, K., National Centre for Technology Management

National Centre for Technology Management

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Published

2009-10-02

How to Cite

Aderemi, H. O., O. M., H., W. O., S., & K., T. (2009). Managing Science and Technology Occupations of Women in Nigeria. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 4(3), 34-45. Retrieved from https://www.jotmi.org/index.php/GT/article/view/art124

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