Women Are In Demand For STEM Careers

In one of the most interesting economic conundrums, the manufacturing industry – which was undoubtedly hard hit by the economic downturn – regularly reports a shortage of skilled workers. Particularly in the STEM (science, technologies, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

However, while women are increasingly outperforming men in STEM disciplines, both in school and on the workforce, they are under represented across the board. According to The Huffington Post, “in the first decade of the new millennium, women accounted for about 62 percent of all associate degrees, 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 63 percent of master’s degrees and 53 percent of Ph.D. degrees.” Unfortunately, women only represent about 27% of the manufacturing workforce which is well below other industry averages.

Whether you’re male or female, one thing remains clear: there is a demand for jobs in the manufacturing and shipbuilding industries that is simply not being met. As current employees are hitting retirement age, and companies are bringing their manufacturing back to U.S. soil, there aren’t nearly enough skilled workers to fill their positions.

If you’re an unemployed Rhode Island resident that is at least 18 years old, you could be eligible for FREE job training in the manufacturing or shipbuilding industries. The Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) at New England Institute of Technology could be the place for you. Fill out our inquiry form and someone will get back to you soon!


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