The first week in March is dedicated to women in an industry that has been predominately male employed in the past. This is a celebration of women who are breaking the stereotype and building their careers in the construction industry. This week brings women in construction together and emphasizes the growing role of women in this business.
The skills gap and labor shortage are being reduced as women become more important among the craft professionals. This week provides a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the opportunities for women. The construction industry allows career advancement while offering an earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship model. With training and experience, this allows individuals to not only have a job, but create a successful career.
Young adults throughout the U.S. are encouraged to go to college and get a degree. But that could lead to students acquiring debt and being left jobless following graduation. The average annual salary for all construction jobs is $51,220 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than half of the individuals in this industry make an hourly wage of at least $22. A career in the trades can be anything from maintenance workers or electricians to operating engineers. The opportunities are almost limitless.
Associated Builders and Contractors Greater Baltimore Chapter is committed to recruiting and upskilling women in the construction industry to continue to grow a diverse and inclusive construction workforce and industry. To learn more about career opportunities, visit abcbaltimore.org.