Industry Trends

Women in the Electrical Industry

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In a field that is typically dominated by men, women are making their impact in the electrical and construction industries. What are some of the trials and tribulations that women have had to face in this field of work? What does the future look like for women in the electrical industry?

Women in Construction Week

The Women in Construction Week is directly related to the National Association of Women in Construction. Originally, this association was titled Women in Construction of Fort Worth. The association was founded in 1953 by sixteen women working in the construction industry at that time. This was intended to support the select women that were working in Construction during that time period. 

Now, this has transformed into becoming the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) with about 115 chapters across the country. This association works to create awareness and highlight the challenges that women face in the construction industry. They work on building their members’ technical skills while offering them education, support, and networking to advance their careers.

Women in Construction Week was introduced in 1960 to honor the association and their work they have done. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Women in Construction Week lasts the entire week. This year, it lasts March 3-9, 2024. This week is designated to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work women have put into the construction industry. 

Women in Construction Week title with woman with hard hat and safety glasses
Women in Construction Week was created to highlight the work of the National Association of Women in Construction.
Source: Parker Smith & Feek
Breaking Barriers

Historically, the electrical industry is a male-dominated industry. In 2021, the workforce of electricians in the United States was 97.7% men and 2.33% women. However, women are increasingly breaking barriers as more women continue to join the trade industry. Since 2014, there has been a 37.5% increase of females in the electrician workplace. 

In engineering, research, design, project management, and leadership roles, women are driving innovation and pushing boundaries. Their diverse perspectives and problem-solving skills are catalysts for creative solutions, leading to advancements in technology, energy efficiency, and sustainable practices.

However, the reality of the situation is still a work in progress. While there has been a steady increase in women in the electrical industry, there still is not enough female representation in the field as a whole. The path to equal representation in this industry has a long way to go. 

Women in Construction Week title with woman with hard hat and safety glasses
There has been a 34% increase in women in the electrical industry since 2014.
Source: Professional Electrician
Inspiring the Next Generation

Having representation matters. Especially in leadership positions where decisions are made and strategies are formed. As mentioned earlier, women make up a mere two percent of all electricians in the United States. However, with more representation, there is a likelihood that this rate of women in the industry will grow. 

Mentorship and leadership programs are important for encouraging the next generation of women to join the electrical industry. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Future Leaders Program are merging to connect like-minded individuals of the electrical industry together. Topics such as leadership skills, communication techniques, and curriculum tailored to women are discussed. 

National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) logo with American flag and stars
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is a program dedicated to women in the electrical industry.
Source: NECA

With help from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) mentioned earlier, building builders and leaders out of women in these male-dominated industries. Finding outlets and resources such as these are essential for women working as electricians. Women are able to connect and relate with one another while pursuing their own career interests. There are also  many education opportunities for women through NAWIC and NECA such as leadership academies, scholarships, conferences, and more. 

Opportunities such as these programs are vital to inspiring the next generation of women to continue pursuing electrical careers. Seeing other women that can relate to their experiences may provide reassurance and relight the motivation to advance in this industry. The future for women in trade industries are dependent on the success of those currently in the industry. 

Where does the future of women in the electrical and construction industries lie? This is completely dependent on this generation training the next and the next. With continued support, it is hopeful that the increasing trend of women joining the industry, the future looks hopeful.

At Rogers Electric, we encourage the career growth of any person. We are constantly looking to grow and expand our family. It would be an honor to help kickstart or continue the career of any female electrician looking to do so. To learn more about the opportunities we have available here at Rogers, please check out our careers page.