A Fresh Look At What It’s Like to Be A Woman in Construction
If you’re a woman considering a career in construction, you probably have some questions. You may have heard great things, like that the industry is actively recruiting more women, or that there are lots of opportunities for advancement. You’ve also likely heard negative things. What about the long hours? The out-dated stigmas about skilled labor? The prevalent gender stereotypes?
We know first hand the value women bring to our industry from our President and Owner, Christy Crook. That’s why we’re here to provide transparency about the job and welcome fellow females with open arms. Read on for our honest take on what it’s like to work as a woman in construction.
The Men Take You Seriously— Until They Don’t
The construction industry is harder for women— let’s get that fact out of the way. It’s a difficult truth that most women experience issues from their male counterparts on the job. In an industry that’s historically dominated by men, women have to work twice as hard to prove that they’re more than just somebody’s assistant. It’s not fair, but it’s how it is.
However, female workers get to earn their spot at the table just like everyone else. The trick is to keep your goals clear in mind. You’re there to bring projects to life, to learn, and to impart wisdom onto your coworkers as you progress. There will be a time when someone will doubt your credibility, but you can fall back on your experience and expertise. Eventually, no one will question you any more.
Construction Careers Open Doors
Many of the “soft skills” usually attributed to women like attention to detail, empathy, emotional intelligence, and organization are all characteristics of strong leaders. In fact, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) found that of the women employed in construction jobs, 44% held professional management positions. While women often experience barriers to a career in construction, once they break in and show their hard work ethic, the opportunities for advancement are seemingly endless. Chances are if you’re a woman in this industry, you fought to be here. Lean into that drive and determination to carry you through moments of doubt.
It’s More Than a Job; It’s a Lifestyle
Your days will be long and challenging, starting in the early hours of the morning and ending in the late afternoon. But, those days will be far from boring. Many construction workers have their hands in multiple tasks throughout the day from brick and mortar work to foundation laying to pointing. When you get to work with your hands and see the fruits of your labor, it makes those long days worth it. Not to mention, eliminating debt from student loans by getting on-the-job education and training is something of which to be proud.
The Industry Wants You Here
It’s easy to feel outnumbered as a woman in construction. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise a mere 9.9% of the industry’s workforce. But, the benefits women bring to construction haven’t gone unnoticed. There are many organizations devoted to recognizing and recruiting women like Transportation and Construction Girl, the NAWIC, Professional Women in Construction, and more. These organizations are places where women can go to find mentorship and community. The support they provide is invaluable to our industry and is a sure sign that increased diversity and representation are on the horizon.
Phoenix Masonry is Proud to be a Woman-Owned Business
We’re a certified woman-owned business with a strong legacy of integrity. Our goal is to support women entering this industry while providing the Front Range with exceptional masonry work for years to come. Interested in getting started? Reach out to us, today.