A woman tig welder works in a production facility to repair a piece of equipment. GETTY
December 9, 2019
(Courtesy: Forbes online)
Megan is one such woman who found a career in a man’s profession. As a high school student, she didn’t set out to defy longstanding gender stereotypes. She just wanted to gain a lifelong, marketable skill in the high-demand field of welding. “My dad was very supportive of me learning a skill that most women don’t know and ‘back in the day’ wouldn’t even want to learn,” she says.
Unlike other manufacturing positions that can be sent offshore, welding is most often done on site. As a result, the welding industry in the U.S. is expected to grow 6% by 2026—and there aren’t enough skilled welders to meet demand.
While previous initiatives to attract women to the field focused on career benefits like high wages and job security, newer programs like Women Who Weld provide women-only training programs that make the craft accessible and affordable to an untapped female workforce.