Guest post by Kathy Jackson.
If you’re a woman looking for a well-paying career with great opportunities for advancement, then you might want to consider searching beyond the traditional roles that women usually take in childcare, administration, and accounting. This infographic Tulsa Welding School developed highlights five careers in the skilled trades that have a lot to offer the modern workingwoman. Check them out to see if one may just be right for you.
1. HVAC Technician
Demand for these professionals is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2024, which is much faster than average. The mean annual wage for an HVAC technician is $46,880, and this field has plenty of room for advancement: you could climb the career ladder to become a distribution manager or operation manager.
With job growth also set at 14 percent through 2024, becoming an electrician could not only provide job security but also great pay; electricians enjoy an average annual salary of $54,520, but there are many opportunities for career growth. It’s possible to pursue additional education in order to move up to project management or engineering.
With over half of U.S. products requiring a welder to manufacture and a predicted shortage of 400,000 of these professionals by 2024, welders will likely be in high demand for some time. Welders are able to work in a variety of locations and for a lot of different companies. Many even get to travel regularly for their jobs.
Only 1.6 percent of all pipefitters are women, but this skillset is in high demand: jobs for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are expected to grow 12 percent through 2024—faster than the national average. That means that there are a lot of opportunities for qualified men and women to find jobs in this field.
5. Construction Business Owner
If you want to start your own construction business, you’ll be happy to know that 17.5 percent of people working in the construction industry are self-employed. The federal government has implemented legislation to ensure female-owned construction companies are entitled to bid on projects, and the number of such companies has been steadily rising in recent years.
The skilled trades offer some impressive career opportunities for women. Review the infographic below to learn more.