Women are drastically underrepresented in the skilled trades, and it’s hurting them financially. Consider these facts:
- Women make up just 4.7 percent of workers in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations1
- Female underrepresentation in the skilled trades is a major contributor to the fact that women earn less than men2
- In 2014, women earned 79 cents on the dollar compared to what men earned3
Boosting female salaries will require attracting more young women to skilled trade occupations. Here are three ways that career colleges can increase young women's awareness of the opportunities presented by careers in skilled trades.