According to Deloitte's study, Women in Manufacturing, women make up about 47 percent of the labor force, but only 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce.
Across the total U.S. labor force, women earn more than half of the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in the United States. Once in the workforce, they are excelling in their careers, holding more than half of all U.S. managerial and professional positions. However, this is not the case in the manufacturing industry. In the manufacturing industry, women make up the largest pool of untapped talent.
Over the next decade, it is estimated that 2 million jobs will go unfulfilled in the manufacturing industry. Closing the skills gap includes closing the gender gap. With women representing less than a third of the manufacturing workforce, it’s clear manufacturers are missing out on a critical talent pool, which could be extremely helpful in closing the skills gap.
Misconceptions about manufacturing have impacted women’s desires to seek careers in the field, according to Apple Rubber. The perception of the manufacturing industry is that it's a male-favored culture. There is a sense that historical gender bias excludes women from core managerial roles, such as production supervisors and operations managers, which are key to climbing the industry ladder.
5 Reasons Manufacturing Needs Women:
- Organizations can be more competitive
- Manufacturing organizations should leverage untapped talent
- Manufacturers can create a more flexible work environment
- More diversity means a lower intent to leave
- Manufacturers can pave the way for the younger generation
Happy International Women's Day!