Women in architecture and engineering occupations in 2016

March 10, 2017

In 2016, 44.3 percent of full-time wage and salary workers were women. Among STEM occupations—jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—women accounted for smaller shares of employment. There are three broad categories of STEM occupations. Women accounted for 42.2 percent of full-time wage and salary workers in life, physical, and social science occupations and 25.2 percent in computer and mathematical occupations. In architecture and engineering occupations, 14.0 percent of full-time wage and salary workers were women.

 

 

Percent and number of full-time wage and salary workers in selected architecture and engineering occupations who are women, 2016 annual averages
Occupation Percent Number

Architecture and engineering occupations

14.0 398,000

Architects, except naval

24.2 43,000

Engineering technicians, except drafters

21.4 75,000

Industrial engineers, including health and safety

21.4 46,000

Computer hardware engineers

20.7 12,000

Chemical engineers

19.8 18,000

Engineers, all other

12.8 63,000

Drafters

10.8 10,000

Civil engineers

10.0 39,000

Electrical and electronics engineers

9.6 26,000

Aerospace engineers

8.1 10,000

Surveying and mapping technicians

7.5 5,000

Mechanical engineers

7.2 24,000

Among architecture and engineering occupations, nearly a quarter of architects, except naval, were women. About one in five full-time wage and salary workers were women among engineering technicians (except drafters), industrial engineers, computer hardware engineers, and chemical engineers. Among mechanical engineers, 7.2 percent were women.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. Full-time workers are those who usually work 35 hours or more per week. More information is available about the number of full-time wage and salary workers and their median weekly earnings in all occupations. For more information about STEM employment and wages, see the Spotlight on Statistics article, STEM occupations: past, present, and future.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Women in architecture and engineering occupations in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/women-in-architecture-and-engineering-occupations-in-2016.htm (visited June 28, 2017).

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