If you are a high school student, especially a young woman, applying to colleges and universities, you’ve most likely heard about the skills shortage in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. If you're looking for a lasting career you should consider a path that gives you a more technical skill sets.
Women have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM occupations. Female students are also less likely than their male counterparts to choose a STEM programs in post-secondary school. It’s not because they’re less capable or less interested, it's usually because of the stigma that surrounds the skilled trades and stereotypes that exist about women who work in STEM fields. The skilled trades are simply overlooked as viable and fulfilling career options by young women.
These industries are booming and the studies suggest they will continue to grow in the foreseeable future. There is going to be lots of jobs that are secure and well paying.
Whether you want to consider a career in the skilled trades like becoming an Electrician, Plumber, Welder or even a Software Developer or Engineer, these career paths are rewarding, well paying and are in need of many new workers.