Women in the Material Handling Industry
Category: Equipment and Solutions
When looking at the numbers of men versus women in material handling, the industry has a long history of being a male-dominated field. However, women in the workplace are changing this stereotype by finding success in material handling. The number of women in material handling jobs is continually increasing due to the many benefits and job opportunities for female workers in this industry.
A History of Women in the Material Handling Industry
Historically, women in material handling held administrative positions. In recent years, there has been an increase in service management and field technician positions held by females. However, women are still underrepresented in material handling in the United States, making up only 2% of auto service technicians and mechanics.
Despite the increasing opportunities for women in material handling, many do not consider entering the field. Employers in the material handling industry are recruiting women by changing the image of who belongs in these jobs. Material handling professionals are working with schools by informing students about the value of a career in the trades.
Why Work in the Material Handling Industry?
Material handling jobs for women in the workplace are valuable because of their excellent pay and benefits packages and opportunities to grow and succeed. Besides these factors, there are several other advantages of choosing a career in the material handling industry:
- Problem-solving: These careers encourage innovation and looking for ways to continuously improve and make your work more efficient.
- Hands-on learning: Material handling jobs offer the opportunity to learn hands-on and ask questions to expand your skill set.
- Tackle challenges: The field often has many challenges that require willing workers to use teamwork and critical thinking to overcome them.
Opportunities for Women in the Material Handling Industry
Much of the workforce in the material handling industry is nearing retirement, and there is a lack of new hires available to take their place. This deficit extends the opportunity to women to work in an industry in which they are underrepresented. Though women were not always welcomed in the material handling industry in the past, they are becoming increasingly valued. Women who have a mechanical aptitude, interpersonal skills and a drive to grow and learn will find material handling rewarding.
One common career in material handling is working as a forklift operator. Forklift operator skills include:
- Communication with team members to ensure a safe work area.
- Patience to make sure loads are secure and balanced.
- Attention to detail to verify the forklift is in good working condition.
- Working well under pressure in a fast-paced industry.
- Organization to stay on task and on time.
Contact RAKA About Material Handling Careers
Since the 1970s, RAKA has served the Upper Midwest with quality material handling equipment. Our sales and service teams drive our success by going above and beyond for our customers. We celebrate and encourage women entering the material handling field and taking advantage of these rewarding and engaging job opportunities. Visit our careers page to view and apply for our open positions, and contact RAKA online about careers in material handling.