Landon Coyle, MDTC Economic Development Specialist
Imagine a construction site for a second. What do you see? What do hear? Chances are you probably see large construction trucks, heavy equipment, tools and workers. When you imagine those workers do you see mostly men or do you see both men and women?
Statistics show that around 10% of the U.S. construction industry is made up of women and only around 4% of construction workers on the front line are women. At MDTC we believe that women will soon have a rapidly expanding presence in the construction field and their contributions will be vital to the future of that industry. We are committed to introducing more women to the construction trade and the many benefits it has to offer.
Construction continues to be a fast-growing industry, providing great opportunities for career growth. Innovations in tools and equipment have increased productivity and safety while also demanding a more highly skilled and versatile workforce. As infrastructure projects grow at a record pace, the need for a diverse and well-trained workforce have never been greater. Individuals who can quickly adapt to a complex, innovative, and forward-thinking industry will be highly desired.
The construction industry is currently experiencing a major labor shortage as a large percentage of current workers are beginning to retire. Statistics show that in 2022 the U.S. needed approximately 650,000 construction workers nationwide to take over empty jobs. It is crucial that we work to create a skilled workforce made up of both women and men to fill those job opportunities and secure the future of the industry and our nation’s infrastructure.
With salaries for construction workers at an all-time high and the pay gap between men and women virtually non-existent, now is a great time for women to consider a rewarding career in this industry. The construction trade is ideal for anyone with the desire to build a better future for themselves and the world around them. At MDTC, we offer many programs in construction-related fields, including masonry, plumbing, welding, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Build a better future today by enrolling at MDTC.
Contributor – Simon Gallagher, MDTC Assistant Director of Instruction