It’s Not Just a Man’s World
When was the last time you could think of a career field that explicitly employed people of specific genders or sexual orientation? It’s unheard of, yet the numbers don’t lie. Women make up more than half of the U.S. population, but make up only 24 percent of engineers and scientists, 2.6 percent of construction workers and 13.2 percent of police officers. Only 11 percent of U.S. tech start-ups have female founders or CEOs and, of the Fortune 500 CEOs, only 20 are women.
Breaking into male-dominated fields seems like an incredible uphill battle, but it isn’t impossible. With the availability of many certification programs, trade schools and associate degrees, more and more women are braving this so-called man’s world to make it their own. Staying in it is the real challenge. Here’s how you can increase your chances for success: