The residential construction industry provides a rewarding career path for women — and plenty of opportunities as well. A recent study by SmartAsset notes construction laborer as the second-fastest growing occupation in the United States, with 40% growth in female employees from 2014 to 2018.
Still, some may overlook opportunities in construction trades because they don’t view them as jobs for women.
“The only barrier we have is that we believe it’s a male-dominated job, so we’re less likely to pursue it,” observed Champagne Smith, an intern at the Home Building Institute’s electrical program, who recently joined fellow students at the White House to commemorate the first anniversary of the establishment of the National Council for the American Worker. “Usually when you see a construction site, it’s mostly males. It turns females off to believing we are able to do work like this.”