Construction has been long known as a male-dominated profession, but women are slowly marking their mark on the industry. Michigan Construction received this great infographic from BigRentz highlighting the state of Women in Construction and how women are breaking the mold of people who build.
The shortage of skilled workers is expected to skyrocket to 1.6 million people in the next five years. This demand has increased opportunities for women to not only enter construction but to also advance in their career to senior roles. While women accounted for only 6.9% of executive officers at construction companies in 2010, 44% of the top companies have female C-level executives in 2018.
There are many benefits for women who pursue a career in construction, including:
- Earning 20 to 30% more than traditional female-dominated professions
- Narrower gender pay gap compared to other industries
- Providing new approaches and perspectives that improve team performance
Women still comprise just 9% of the overall construction workforce. However, as the number of female leaders continues to grow, more role models are present to mentor and inspire other women to join the field.
This infographic from BigRentz examines female leaders at ENR Top 100 and Fortune 500 construction firms to highlight the success of women in construction, what it takes to become a leader, and any advice to thrive in the industry.
Lior Zitzman is the Director of Digital Audience at BigRentz, a construction equipment rentals marketplace with a network of over 1,500 rental partners. He has more than 15 years of experience in enterprise-level SEO and digital strategy.