An increasing number of women-owned contracting firms are helping to level the playing field in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
While current statistics reveal only 9.5 percent of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) members are women-owned businesses, this number has tripled in the past 15-20 years and reflects a trend seen in physically demanding, tech-centric fields everywhere.
Here are some tips for women looking to get into the field:
- Networking is very important for electrical contractors, and many jobs are won based on relationships that you build with each other in construction.
- Participation in groups such as Women in NECA is extremely beneficial.
- Get certified as a WBE. Certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) is very important if you’re looking to do automotive industry work, federal and/or state work.
- Encourage teamwork; it helps to foster a team-based approach involving men and women who all bring something different to the table.
- Believe in yourself; don’t give up hope when you’re down.
These tips are just the beginning of what woman are capable of doing. Woman are strong and have a bright future in the electrical industry.