In 1942 “Rosie the Riveter” became the face of women’s participation in the American War Movement. Shirt sleeves rolled up, hair pulled back, and with a determined look, Rosie’s slogan “We can do it” encouraged women to take jobs in factories and munitions depots to help the war effort. By 1943 women’s employment in the US aircraft industry jumped to 65% compared with only 1% in the pre-war years.
Today, over 70 years later, some industries, like heating and air conditioning (HVAC), still rival those pre-war statistics with only 2% of the jobs held by women. This is true even though in 2017 women made up 47% of the US labor force.
With job opportunities at its highest level ever, and training and apprenticeships available, the HVACR market makes a great career choice for anyone looking for a long term, rewarding career that combines technical, hands-on work, with customer service and business management benefits.