Construction Among Fastest-Growing Jobs for Women

August 13, 2019
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Construction labor was the second fastest growing field for women in America between 2014 and 2018, SmartAsset reports.

Between 2014 and 2018, there was  approximately an 85% uptick in women construction laborers. For the occupation overall, there was an increase of about 25%. 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. In 2018, there were a total of 2,110,000 construction laborers in the U.S. The next occupation with the greatest number of workers in our top 10 is construction managers with 1,021,000 total workers in 2018.

Notably, while the number of women construction laborers has seen an increase over the past five years, the occupation remains largely male-dominated. In 2014, only 2.50% of construction laborers were women, and even with the 85% growth over the subsequent five years, in 2018 only 78,100, or 3.70% of the 2,110,000 total employed construction laborers, were women.

Like our No. 2 job on this list, construction laborers, construction managers are mostly men. Despite an approximately 49% increase in women construction managers over the five-year period from 2014-2018, only about 8% of all construction managers in the U.S. in 2018 were women. 

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