Like cybersecurity and tech, construction is one of the most infamously male-dominated professions. Of the over 11 million individuals employed in the industry, just 8% of construction workers are women. This figure is mostly women in office and administrative positions in construction, as the number of women actually working on construction sites is even littler.
Considering the low representation of women in the industry, how many women are in leadership roles?
Women Still Face Challenges
In the construction industry, women deal with familiar gender-related challenges like sexual harassment, gender bias, lack of adequate resources and benefits, and social perceptions. Trials unique to construction include:
A huge number of construction protection equipment is still built with men in mind. The poor fit has women at a higher risk of being hurt on the field.
Women earn 95% of what men make in construction. The number is even tinier for women of color, who earn just 81 cents for each dollar paid to white men.
Lack of Mentorship
Because of the shortage of women, there is a lack of fierce female role models, which prevents women from advancing in the field or even picking construction as a career.
Why Women Should Join Construction
There are several benefits to why women should think about a career in construction such as:
The lack of female leaders offers chances for women to enhance team performance, contribute fresh viewpoints, and move their careers and have room for advancement.
On average, women who are in construction earn over 30% more than conventional female-dominated careers such as childcare and administrative assistants.
Feeling of Achievement
One of the best feelings is building something from the ground up. Working in construction lets women have a feeling of achievement and create a passion for building.
Construction skills such as managing a complex project, team building, and working with technology and tools can be used in other sectors and careers too.