According to the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, only 1.5 percent of electricians in 2010 were female. Over the next four years this percentage increased, but only to 2.4 percent. This poses a serious problem for the electrical industry. How can we live in a nation that boasts gender equality while still experiencing such an imbalanced workforce?
Even with the increasing number of women joining the electrical industry, there is still work to be done. It’s important that children are educated on gender stereotypes and encouraged towards a career that identifies with their interests and character—not their gender.
The electrical industry and our team at Reliable Electrical Services understand the important contribution women make to the field. We encourage talented young people to pursue careers in electrical work and believe in evaluating our electricians by their skill and technical knowledge alone.
A Career In The Electrical Industry
Why become an electrician? There are several advantages to working in the electrical industry. They include great pay, benefits, and technical skills you can practice anywhere in the country. There are electrical opportunities in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Electricians can choose to work for building contractors, local government offices, manufacturers, and much more. As a licensed electrician, you can facilitate independent projects and even adopt other construction trades into your practice.
A career in the electrical industry begins with an apprenticeship. This is a 5-year commitment that consists of full-time work alongside a trained electrician. It also includes classroom experience where you’ll learn blueprint reading, computer technology related to the field, and electrical theory.
A number of unions, industry organizations, and government programs are actively recruiting women into the construction trades. If you’re interested in taking the first steps towards a career in the electrical industry, contact your state’s department of labor.
Reliable Electrical Services is a proud supporter of gender diversity in the electrical industry and all industrial trades. When you need a professional, trained, and experienced electrician in Boca Raton who you can count on, call Reliable!