- Author : Patricia Filomeno
Traditionally, trades careers have drawn higher interest from men, but they provide rewarding, fulfilling career paths for anyone. I’d like to point out some specific reasons why women should take a thoughtful look at construction:
1. COMPETITIVE SALARY
A pay gap exists between men and women across most industries. On average, women in the United States earn 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. However, the gap is much smaller in the construction trades. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women in the construction industry earn 97 cents for every dollar a man earns…
2. JOB OPPORTUNITIES
The residential construction industry is one of the few sectors where demand for new workers has risen. Unfilled jobs in the construction sector reached a post-recession high earlier this year. A National Association of Home Builders survey found shortages of labor in various types of construction jobs including framers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and bricklayers. This is true on the local level, too…
Funding is available for students who are interested in or currently pursuing opportunities in residential construction….
4. NETWORK OF EXPERTS
There is a growing community of women in construction who are willing to mentor and share insights with women entering the field…
5. A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
Working in the trades brings a sense of satisfaction for completing high-quality work that contributes to homebuilding and ultimately helping to fulfill the American Dream.