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Women in Skilled Trades

Take control of your future!

Apply today to start your career and become a woman working within the trades!

women operating heavy machinery

Jobs within the trades provides women with the opportunity for meaningful work with high wages. Encouraging women to pursue a career in trades is an untapped potential source for skilled labor careers because it offers economic growth for the trades that continue to grow and need a labor force to support that development. In the U.S., women earn on average 81.1 percent of what men make. The gender gap is significantly smaller in construction occupations, with women earning on average 99.1 percent of what men make. As of December 2018, there were approximately over 1 million women employed in various occupation sectors of the construction industry.

Did you know?

women consulting planning meetingWomen can expect to earn 20 to 30 percent more in a skilled trade career.

The overall number of women working in the trades is increasingly growing which will help fill the imminent gap in the labor force.

Between 2017 and 2018, The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported a 17% rise in women working in construction. That is the highest percentage the industry has seen in 20 years.

women welders in protective gear

Benefits of becoming a tradeswoman in a skilled trade include: 

  • Gain practical skills and relevant training
  • Obtain industry-aligned education
  • Receive higher wages and career advancement 
  • Increased pay as skills are acquired
  • Ability to complete an AAS degree or Certificate by earning credits through required program classroom hours.
  • Incur minimal or no educational debt
  • You can gain experience immediately while receiving a paycheck.
  • Be a role model for young women who are often discouraged from considering a career in skilled trades. Becoming a skilled tradeswoman helps to diminish stereotypes and inspire young women.

For more information contact us:

Andie Anderson, MSW
Director of Apprenticeship
Phone: 541-956-7184
Email: [email protected]

Katelyn Bender
Program Support Specialist
Phone: 541-956-7186
Email: [email protected]