It’s a slow march to equality, and there are still many areas in the world of work where women are under-represented. These are areas thought of as traditionally the natural domain of men – physically tough or demanding careers. Ah, but for a fearless female, they’re the ideal challenge! Mentally engaging, physically active, or making a real difference in the world – here are four careers that could be crying out for the skills you have to offer:
Joining the police force offers a wealth of very different career paths, from chasing down criminal suspects to supporting victims of abuse. And, often woman have unique skills to bring to the table. As well as being able to be tough when the job calls for it, the empathetic side of dealing with victims of crime is a big draw for some female police officers. Dealing with a wide range of people, piecing together evidence, and the adrenaline of crime stopping can be a great combination. A criminology program is a good way to get insight into the skills and the understanding of human psychology required for this career.
The fast-paced, analytical world of tech suits women with problem-solving skills and attention to detail – but it’s still a male-dominated world. Numbers of female coders and developers are growing though, with networking events aimed at connecting them. Hundreds of new apps are launched everyday, so it’s a skill that can see women able to command top dollar in salary and go freelance, setting their own hours around their lifestyles and any family commitments.
If you feel the need for speed, then getting involved in the automotive industry could be for you. The role of an engineer – testing, developing and refining car models – can provide a lot of job satisfaction. Working with data and mechanics requires lots of analytical skills, and brings the satisfaction of knowing exactly how things work- and how to improve them. With engineering graduates in high demand in industry, there are plenty of well-paid opportunities.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to work for yourself, then property development could be an option. Developers essentially work as their own project manager- from having the vision to hunt down houses with potential at auction to dealing with tradespeople, coordinating plans, and dressing a house for sale. You’ll need to have some familiarity with several areas, such as electrics and plumbing, plus great contacts. Determination and a willingness to get your hands dirty are also important. Being self-employed and able to set your own hours is a big bonus. But expect to put in plenty of hard work at the start. Seeing a property go from wreck to a dream home is very satisfying though!
When it comes to unusual female career paths, this list is the tip of a very large iceberg. From truck driving to geology and private detectives to architects, there are many areas that could benefit from more female representation. So, think outside the box when it comes to choosing where to specialize and you could find a rewarding career in the most unusual of ways.