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Tips for Women to get into Electrical Contracting Industry

Author Linda Candels



An increasing number of women-owned contracting firms are helping to level the playing field in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

While current statistics reveal only 9.5 percent of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) members are women-owned businesses, this number has tripled in the past 15-20 years and reflects a trend seen in physically demanding, tech-centric fields everywhere.


Here are some tips for women looking to get into the field:

  • Networking is very important for electrical contractors, and many jobs are won based on relationships that you build with each other in construction.

  • Participation in groups such as Women in NECA is extremely beneficial.

  • Get certified as a WBE. Certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) is very important if you’re looking to do automotive industry work, federal and/or state work.

  • Encourage teamwork; it helps to foster a team-based approach involving men and women who all bring something different to the table.

  • Believe in yourself; don’t give up hope when you’re down.

These tips are just the beginning of what woman are capable of doing. Woman are strong and have a bright future in the electrical industry


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