More Women Working in Manufacturing

As manufacturing switches from hard labor to high-tech, more women are entering the field and doing well.

More Women Working in Manufacturing Photo (cc) by 2011 BUICK REGAL

CNN reports that as manufacturing “is rapidly being transformed from a labor-intensive field to a high-tech one,” more women are entering the field.

The National Association of Manufacturers says about a third of manufacturing workers today are female. One of the women featured in the story, 35-year-old April Senase, makes up to $37.50/hour running high-tech machinery.

Her normal pay is $25/hour, but she’s getting a lot of overtime – because few are qualified for the work. So she’s taking a second job: teaching other women about computer-aided machining.

CNN says the industry changes brought on by computers have “created thousands of factory jobs nationwide that, experts say, more women are starting to seek out.”

Brandon Ballenger
Brandon Ballenger @btballenger
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