Women Are Finding Success in Nontraditional Occupations
It’s a woman’s world out there—in certain fields at least. For a while in 2013, they were recovering the job losses of the Great Recession before men, but primarily in traditionally female-dominated fields like healthcare instead of conventionally male ones, such as manufacturing. However, in recent decades, women have been beating men across the board in terms of education, completing more degrees of all kinds than their male counterparts. They’ve even been pursuing historically male scholastic paths and becoming doctors, lawyers, engineers, and scientists. Yet women still have plenty of opportunities to seize in the skilled trades, which badly need new blood to make up for their labor shortage. For women, a career in the trades offers a lot in terms of rewards and responsibilities.
Women represent less than nine percent of all workers in the construction industry. This sounds like a small proportion, but it’s a much higher figure than yesteryear. Furthermore, many more women can step up to fulfill open positions. The American Welding Society predicts a nearly half-million shortage of skilled welders by 2024 at a time when half of all manufactured products require welding of some type. Welding isn’t the only non-traditional career path for women: demand for both electricians and HVAC technicians will grow by 14% by 2024, much faster than the national average for all jobs, which is illustrated in the infographic below.
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Original Author Credit: Tulsa Welding School