The SBTF Membership currently comprises 700+ volunteers from 70+ countries around the world. But who are we really? I finally made some time to find out by reading through every single bio on our Ning platform—a total of 720 when this blog post went to press. Volunteers are invited to write whatever they’d like in their bio’s so these are not structured or standardized. This makes codification somewhat challenging but I was able to pull out some general metrics.
The average age of a Mapster (as we like to call ourselves) is 32.3 years. (Note that about 20% did not include this information in their bio). Also, while many didn’t fill in the gender field, about 65% of volunteers are women. In terms of professions, these are displayed in the pie chart below.
Other professions include economists, lawyers, designers, financial analysts, psychologists, geophysicists and one airline pilot. We also have several retired professionals who are a very important part of this network.
In terms of academic background, many professionals didn’t include this information so the majority of the degrees below are for current or recently graduated students.
I hope to follow up this blog post with a more qualitative one that shares excerpts of bios from volunteers who are happy to have this information made public.