According to the 2009 Census, only 1% of electricians are women. In this day and age, this number seems surprisingly low. What is working as an electrician like for a woman? Why does this large gap exist? What is being done?
Working as a Female Electrician
It may seem like women have it tough in the male-dominated field. Most women electricians, however, report enjoying their careers. The women generally do make the same hourly wages as any men, and they find a comfortable living. The problem becomes when people do try to make the workplace easier for them. Favoritism toward a woman electrician can cause other employees upset. Many women do feel that they have to go out of their way to turn down help (unless necessary) and show that they can do their share of the work to gain acceptance of their coworkers. However, once this is established, the work environment is professional and friendly.
Electricians (such as those from Sun Coast Electric & Networking Inc) typically don't have to carry anything too heavy (nothing heavier than fifty pounds), and a smaller frame can actually come in handy during some literally tight situations. The work has a heavy emphasis on math and science, which can interest people of both genders. Despite the positive reports from both women and men about women in the work place, the employee gap still exists.
What is Being Done
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is examining what might be causing this large gender gap in the field. Most construction sites are advised to try to employ at least 6.9% females. However, the females generally aren't available for construction site managers to meet this rather low percentage rate. The problem is not the employers, it's women not thinking that this is an option for them.
Today, there are a number of different organizations to help women who would like to become an electrician and to help them once they have made this career choice. Online sources, such as "Blue Collar Women" on Reddit can help answer questions. Many unions are making accommodations to be especially helpful to women hopefuls. Also, if there is a problem in the workplace, all unions take accusations very seriously and all have individual numbers to call for help.
The main problem is a lack of society to encourage women electricians. Over half of the work force is not being used properly, and we could be missing out on some great electricians.Share