Report finds more women building construction careers

Dive Short:

  • Design work were amid the speediest-increasing for women from 2015 through 2019, according to a new review from Sensible Asset.
  • The quantity of women in the placement of development manager enhanced one zero one% from forty nine,400 to 99,400, making that the third speediest-increasing career for women over-all. Other development work that drew a significant quantity of women were development and maintenance painters (up 64% from 32,600 to fifty three,300) and development laborers (up fifty% from forty seven,800 to 71,800). The quantity of women who chose professions as civil engineers also enhanced by forty six% from forty five,400 to sixty six,000.
  • While these kinds of work are even now male-dominated, the alter demonstrates that women are moving into professions historically held by adult men. Even so, due to the fact the studies pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic, Sensible Asset mentioned that the quantity of women holding work in development and other really hard-hit industries could alter.

Dive Perception:

The Sensible Asset review made use of data from the Bureau of Labor Figures, which tracks details on work in all industries. Its most latest investigation reveals that the development work well-known with women have a variety of salaries, from about $156,000 for the superior conclusion of a development manager salary to a superior conclusion of about $sixty eight,000 for laborers and painters.

The latest accessible data from the BLS is very good information for women career seekers but won’t come as a shock to Hope Pollard, president and CEO of the Linked Builders and Contractors Maine Chapter. 

Pollard explained to Design Dive that she has observed the quantity of women substantially increase through the very last 20 years in both management and craft positions. 

“Design is commencing to alter its graphic as a ‘dirty job’ and, alternatively, is observed as an industry that delivers limitless occupation options for people today with all kinds of backgrounds, instruction ranges and encounters,” she mentioned.  “And with an make-when-you-master-instruction product and the will need for a various established of techniques, women are finding achievements in an industry that values really hard get the job done, drive and creative imagination.”

But there is even now get the job done to be finished in attracting women to the development industry, according to Brian Turmail, vice president of general public affairs and strategic initiatives at the Linked Common Contractors of America. 

When Turmail mentioned it is encouraging to see the quantity of women in development professions increase, which he preserved has a great deal to do with the industry-vast drive to recruit extra women and the preservation of development work as “vital” through the COVID-19 pandemic, the big growth prices are “easy to see when the over-all percentage of women in the development workforce is so small.” The development workforce, he mentioned, is even now only 9% women even however women make up a small extra than fifty% of the over-all U.S. workforce. 

“We clearly have a great deal extra get the job done to do as an industry to recruit, employ the service of and retain a extra various populace of staff, specifically women,” Turmail mentioned. “The very good information is we are heading in the proper route. Shifting ahead, [the AGC is] committed to redoubling our initiatives to bring in an even extra various development workforce.”