Field Notes

Insights and advice from the construction field.

Why Is Construction a Rewarding Career Choice for Women?

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows that women comprised 10.8% of the construction workforce in 2023. Also, states such as Arizona and Florida had more women working in construction than other states.

According to Fixr, women with construction careers have diverse roles:

  • 40% work in management, professional, or related roles
  • 34% work in sales and office roles
  • 24% work in natural resources, construction, and maintenance roles
  • 2% work in production, transportation, material moving, and service roles

The increasing number of women building construction careers is elevating innovation, empathy, and inclusion within the workforce. The results include greater diversity, creativity, and problem-solving.

Reasons Why Construction Is a Rewarding Career Choice for Women

Construction is a rewarding career choice for women for many reasons:

Competitive compensation

Construction job income and benefits continue to increase due to the lack of skilled workers. Also, the barrier to entry is low because many construction jobs require only a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, because women in construction get paid 95.5% of what men get paid, the pay gap is much smaller than in other industries. As a result, women can quickly enter the workforce and begin building careers.

Work-life structure

Construction job opportunities offer diverse scheduling options to accommodate employees’ work-life structure. Therefore, women can choose jobs and careers that fit their personal needs and interests.

Specialized training

Many construction firms provide apprenticeships and comprehensive on-the-job training. Therefore, there is little need for extensive education or experience. As a result, women can enter the construction workforce and start their careers.

Supportive Networks

The construction industry has strong networks of female workers. These organizations provide connection and support for women in the industry:

  • The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) offers resources and hosts conferences and events for women at all levels.
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women offers training courses and job placement resources to diversify the industry.
  • Women Construction Owners & Executives USA offers mentorship, marketing, and networking opportunities for women new to the industry.

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