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5 Career Fields for Women to Break into this Year

While women have made great strides in the past few years by entering typically male-dominated fields, a few still need more females to join the force. They provide great, exciting opportunities. Here are five fields that women should consider this year!

Piloting

According to NPR, only 7% of pilots are women! Companies like United Airlines are working on multiplying that number, offering more affordable ways to attend flight school and obtain your license. With companies making an effort to make a career in piloting more attainable for women (and people of color), it is clear that they are trying to broaden and diversify. Become a part of it!

Architecture

How often do you hear of the work of female architects? Chances are that the answer is RARELY. You can help to change that! If you are interested in design, architecture may be for you. You can enhance our cities and towns.

Upper-Level Finance

Though there are actually more females than males in finance and banking as a whole, there are few women in senior positions. Navigating your way to the top in finance can be difficult when you have few examples of people like you to look to for guidance. Companies like Ellevest and business schools like Meredith College work to provide women with resources that will make them successful in the field. Tap into these resources and climb to the top!

Construction

Currently at 14%, the space women take up in construction is on the rise. Now is the time to join! With roles from Purchasing Administrator to Project Manager, there are many pathways to take in construction. Organizations like the National Association of Women in Construction seek to support and gather women in the field to provide them with resources to bolster their success.

IT

Information Technology remains a male-dominated field. It is time to bring more women into Tech! Organizations like Women in Tech work to empower women in Tech/looking to enter into Tech. It is important that women and girls see people like them in roles that they desire. Joining Tech can be intimidating, but it will be worth it for your professional growth!

Entering into a field with few people like you can be intimidating. Seek support systems that want you to grow in your profession and break down those barriers!

Modern Women Make Strides In The Workforce

It’s Women’s Rights month, and we have something to celebrate in the staffing industry! Over the past 15 years, modern women have made huge strides when it comes to establishing and growing their careers. In fact, according to a recent LinkedIn study, 23 different jobs have flipped to hiring majority women. This is a tremendous step in the right direction. But what has been driving this change? Here are three things that have significantly impacted the gender hiring landscape recently.

Modern Women Making Strides In The Workforce

Leading The Pack

With modern technology, barriers to entry to entrepreneurship and innovation are smaller than ever. So, as long as you have the drive and the inspiration, you can achieve anything. Just ask Spanx Founder, Sarah Blakely. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else. This has opened the doors for many females to gain traction and stand out amongst the crowd by merely doing great work.

Early Education

Since the diversity-lacking tech boom in Silicon Valley, many companies and educators have sought to inspire young girls to dream big. Organizations like “She Can STEM” focus on shining a spotlight on women in STEM careers, so girls can be inspired to have a future in the industry also.

Universities are inviting girls to campus to participate in STEM events put on by campus groups. Duke’s recent Capstone event included looking at flies under a microscope, creating 3-D animations, and learning first-aid skills.

Diversity Initiatives

Most companies have instilled some level of diversity hiring initiatives. Of course, everyone must abide by diversity hiring laws. Still, there are further steps that outstanding companies are taking to ensure they are making unbiased hiring decisions and hiring the best candidate possible. For example, Intel offers up to $4,000 in bonuses to employees that refer a woman.

Be part of the movement

Want to join the movement? Talk to a Johnson Service Group team member about how we can help you achieve your diversity hiring initiatives. You, too, can contribute to the growing statistic of gender equality at work!