Gender no barrier for these Michigan women building careers in the Professional Trades.


You could say that they’re helping to break the glass ceiling.

But more literally, women entering traditionally male-dominated Professional Trades are in the habit of building things.

They’re also creating a legacy of helping to address the critical shortage of workers to fill high-skilled occupations throughout Michigan.

Projected economic growth, evolving technology and a decline in working-age population means the state will have 545,000 jobs open through 2026, largely in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, automotive and information technology.

The new Going PRO in Michigan campaign, spearheaded by the Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan, aims to elevate the perception of Professional Trades by highlighting that multiple pathways lead to rewarding, well-paying careers.

But then, many women in Professional Trades already know that. We asked a wide variety of them to share their stories and the reasons they love their jobs in order to inspire young women who are exploring career options.

Read on for these working women’s perspectives.

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For more information about Professional Trades career opportunities available, visit Going PRO in Michigan.

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