Construction Among Fastest Growing Jobs for Women: SmartAsset

Between 2014 and 2018, construction labor jobs held by women increased by 85%
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SmartAsset found that between 2014 and 2018, construction labor jobs held by women increased by 85%, compared to about 25% job growth for the industry at large. The only industry with more growth was taxi drivers and chauffeurs. Job growth for women in that industry grew 188% over the five years ending in 2018, which would be astounding if those numbers didn’t include people driving for Lyft and Uber.

“This growth for women is particularly relevant for changing labor markets in the U.S., as there are a significant number of construction laborers. Compared to the other jobs in our top 10, there are almost twice as many construction laborers as any other occupation,” SmartAsset wrote in the report.

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Construction manager jobs for women increased less dramatically: about 49% in the same five-year period.

SmartAsset noted that women are better represented among construction managers than laborers. About 8% of construction managers in 2018 were women, compared to the less than 4% of labor jobs held by women.   

Danielle Andrus

Danielle Andrus was previously the managing editor for Colorado Builder, and is currently Editor for the Journal of Financial Planning.

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