Journal of technology management & innovation
On-line version ISSN 0718-2724
ADEREMI, H. O; HASSAN, O. M; SIYANBOLA, W. O and TAIWO, K. Managing Science and Technology Occupations of Women in Nigeria. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation [online]. 2009, vol.4, n.3, pp. 34-45. ISSN 0718-2724. doi: 10.4067/S0718-27242009000300004.
The study examined the occupational activities of female graduates in science and technology related fields with a view to a ssessing 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.
Keywords : Science and technology; occupations; women; female; post-graduation; Nigeria.