Female Plumbers Are Forging a Path in an Industry That Seems All About the Boys

  06 Jan 2024

Female Plumbers Are Forging a Path in an Industry

Female plumbers are forging a path in an industry that, at first glance, seems to be all about the boys. It’s no secret that the trades are male-dominated industries, with many people using the term ‘tradie’ to refer to men only, and there is certainly a perception that it’s dirty, dangerous, or heavy work. However, if you ask the women who work as plumbers, they’ll tell you that it’s far from that. In fact, they’ll probably be the first to tell you that it’s a great career choice and they love what they do!

There are many reasons why there aren’t more women in the plumbing industry. From high schools that don’t promote the trades or working with your hands as anything more than a last resort, to apprenticeships that discriminate, to job websites that advertise using gendered phrases (e.g. “looking for handy guys to join our team”), there are a lot of barriers that stand in the way of women creating a career they love. However, with programs like Women in Plumbing, it’s now possible for any woman to find a pathway into plumbing that is right for them.

One of the biggest barriers that women face in becoming female plumbers is the gross factor. The idea that a job as a plumber is dirty or dangerous is enough to turn many people off of it. However, it’s important to remember that the same applies to other jobs as well. For example, nurses have to deal with much dirtier and nastier work than those in plumbing, yet they dominate the nursing industry. In fact, a lot of the gross factors that people worry about with plumbing actually have to do with the idea of the job rather than the actual physical labour involved.

Female Plumbers Are Forging a Path in an Industry That Seems All About the Boys

Another reason why there aren’t more female plumbers is that they simply don’t know it is a possibility for them. This is especially true for younger girls who aren’t exposed to women in the trades or even think about them as a viable career option. However, this is starting to change, as more and more women are finding out that they can be plumbers and love what they do.

For those who are still skeptical, there are a growing number of women in the industry who would be happy to share their story and encourage others to pursue their passion. In fact, many women who are in the industry have started their own plumbing businesses, which you can learn more about in this article from Rheem, and they’re doing a fantastic job of breaking down the stereotypes.

There’s no doubt that women can be just as good – or better – than the men in the trades, and there are plenty of reasons why we should see more of them! So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to become a plumber? If so, why not check out our Apprenticeships page for more information on how to get started.

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