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WOMEN IN Electrical trades

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Every electrician knows that a circuit with gaps won’t function. And yet, the gender gap in the electrical trades is one of the largest among all occupations — the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that fewer than 3% of electricians employed in the U.S. are women. 

Although there might be few women in the profession (at least for now…), gender is merely a perceptual obstacle to a bright future as an electrician rather than a physical limitation. Reflecting on her experiences as a student in Alfred State’s Electrical Construction program, Vanguard Award winner Emily Clough observed:

"I’ve completed something that I never in a million years thought I could do…
If you’re really great with math and you like making things work,
then you’ll probably like electricity. Or welding. Or carpentry. Or baking.
There’s lots of things that I think we don’t consider because someone
told us we shouldn’t, and that just seems quite silly."

Other female CTE students featured in the resources we’ve shared below agree with this sentiment. For example, Cheyenne Angevine, who participated in the Ulster BOCES Electrical Apprentice program, noted, “I’m a hard worker who doesn’t mind getting my hands dirty, and I have stifled those who thought I couldn’t carry out certain tasks.”

A common connection among many of these trailblazing women is the opportunity to have observed male relatives — brothers, fathers, or grandfathers — who worked as electricians and inspired them to follow in their footsteps. Some plan to take over a family business someday. However, a family legacy is not a prerequisite to becoming an electrician. People of all genders who love working with their hands, have a natural curiosity about how things work, and are eager to forge a new path may discover a successful and fulfilling career in the electrical trades.

Have we sparked your interest?

If you’re ready to take the next step, consider enrolling in one of New York State’s many postsecondary electrical trades programs. With nearly 20 schools offering programs, there’s likely to be a campus near you. 

For more information about how you can plug into an exciting new career, read on for inspiring profiles of female electricians, a list of schools offering electrical trades programs, and the latest employment data.

 

Did you know?

Regardless of shifting economic and employment trends, skilled electricians will always be in demand. During this decade, job openings in New York are projected to surge, growing at a rate nearly four times the national average. In addition to offering great job security, including opportunities for self-employment and entrepreneurship, wages are competitive with a median salary of over $60,000 per year in the state.

  

QUICK FACTS about Electrician Jobs and Careers 

Electrical Trades Programs at NYS Community Colleges

More from across New York State

 

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 Future's So Bright for These Twin Sisters (Capital Region BOCES website)

Adult Ed Student Excels in Traditionally Male Dominated Field (Ulster BOCES website)

 

 

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