Any Bees in the trades and willing to answer some questions?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
5968 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@allinoelle:  by trades I assume you mean things like a plumber, ironworker, pipefitter, electrician etc. I am not one myself but I did used to manage the trades for a really large organization. Working with trades is a totally different environment than working in a more white collar type setting (like an office). As a woman, you will be in the minority, however, in my experience, women were treated well. Where I am from, even trades people are struggling to find regular work, so I wouldn’t say there are *more* jobs in this type of field than any other. I think you should decide if working with your hands and being on the move more is something you want vs an office or desk job or something similar. I do think that certain trades are more suitable for a man, but not because a woman *couldn’t* do it, but some jobs are a lot more physically demanding than others. That’s just my own opinion. I live in the chicago area btw. I hate to say it like this, but since you will be a minority sometimes it can be more of a benefit than not. I personally wouldn’t want a job simply because I was a woman, but for diversity reasons, a lot of places look to hire female trades because there aren’t nearly as many female options as there are male options.

Post # 6
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@allinoelle:  There are so many high paying trades jobs in AB that women are definitley becoming more common.  Certain trades have more women than others.  Trades with a low number of women include rig technicians, heavy duty operators, welders, and plumbers. 

Higher percentages of women work in carpentry, auto body, hair dressing, roofing, etc. 

Here is the full list of trades in AB – I recommend going through and finding hte one that would be best for you:

Post # 7
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@allinoelle:  I’m on the accounting side at a commercial HVAC company, that employs union sheetmetal workers.  We got a female apprentice within the last year, which was super exciting to see.  From all accounts, she’s quick to learn, and very dedicated.  There are quite a few jobs that require females on the job site, or city of Chicago residency.  She happens to live in Chicago.  She will ALWAYS have a job 🙂


The only thing I would say is that the ability to be ‘one of the guys’ is REALLY helpful.

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