When you think of construction, you might imagine laborers on a job site or skilled tradespeople putting the finishing touches on a new home. You’re probably imagining men in these roles—and this isn’t necessarily due to bias on your part. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, only 11% of construction workers identify as female (BLS).
However, the number of female construction workers is increasing. The number of women working in construction increased by more than 54% between 2012 and 2021.
The best female construction jobs.
Carpenters are responsible for the construction as well as the maintenance of wooden structures such as homes, buildings, scaffolding, and concrete forms for bridges. Carpenters can specialize in a wide variety of areas, including construction, home remodeling, cabinetry, wood flooring, and more.
Math skills, manual dexterity, physical strength, the ability to solve problems, an understanding of business, and a head for numbers are required for success in this position. Most carpenters have a high school diploma or a general equivalency diploma (GED), and they receive additional training either on the job or through apprenticeship programs.
#Construction Equipment Operator
At mines and construction sites, these workers operate the machinery that transports bulky materials. The learning process for operators can take place on the job, in a vocational school, or during an apprenticeship program, which typically lasts three to four years.
To operate a crane, backhoe, bulldozer, or loader, a construction equipment operator may need a commercial driver’s license or a special license, depending on the requirements of their state.
Construction managers oversee building projects from beginning to end, preparing cost estimates, scheduling work, outlining contracts, selecting subcontractors, providing progress updates, and ensuring adherence to building codes. Someone with problem-solving, leadership, analytical, and communication skills would do well in this position.
In comparison to other construction jobs, this one pays the most money and requires the most education. A bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction, or a closely related field, as well as prior construction experience, are likely requirements for this position. Depending on the requirements of your state, you might also require a license.
#Elevator Installer and Repairer
Elevators, mechanical lifts, escalators, and moving walkways are all installed, repaired, and maintained by these workers. Elevator installers and repairers need to have an eye for detail, have a mechanical aptitude, be physically fit, and not be afraid of heights.
The typical requirements for this job are enrollment in a four-year apprenticeship program and state-issued licensure. This is a particularly well-paying construction job that doesn’t require a college degree because you can start your training with just a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Electricians are needed everywhere there is electrical wiring, including private residences, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. The ability to troubleshoot, think critically, and provide excellent customer service are all essential for this position. To tell the various colored wires apart, it helps to have good color vision.
Apprenticeship programs for this position typically last between four and five years. You may also be required to participate in ongoing training after you pass the exam.
Plumbers work on gas and water pipes in homes and other structures. You must have strong physical capabilities in addition to excellent mechanical, communication, and troubleshooting abilities to be successful in this position. Plumbers frequently work evenings and weekends because repair work is frequently an emergency.
You’ll probably need to complete a four- or five-year apprenticeship to become a plumber. Additionally, if you intend to work on gas lines, you may need licensing, including a special license.
#Solar Photovoltaic Installer
Solar panel installers and maintainers install and maintain solar panels on homes and businesses. PV installers plan system layouts, build support structures, and test systems. They may also connect panels to the power grid, though some states require this work to be done by electricians.
A high school diploma or equivalent, as well as up to a year of on-the-job training, are required to become a PV installer. Some states also require certification.