Women are manufacturing’s largest pool of untapped talent. While women represent 47% of the l U.S. labor force, they comprise less than 27% of the manufacturing workforce. Across nearly every manufacturing sector in the U.S., women are underrepresented.
The proportion of women in leadership roles in manufacturing companies also lags behind other U.S. industries, yet the pool of experienced professionals is significant. Across the total U.S. labor force, women earn more than half of the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in the U.S.
Manufacturing faces an estimated 2 million worker shortfall over the next decade, and manufacturing executives responding to a recent skills gap study report six out of 10 positions are currently unfilled due to the skills gap.
With women representing less than a third of the manufacturing workforce, it’s clear manufacturers are missing out on a critical talent pool, which could aid remarkably in closing the skills gap.