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Increasing Presence of Women in Auto Industry

The changing perception of gender roles in the workplace has allowed women to break into industries that they were previously excluded from. Industries like automotive technology are realizing the need for a diverse workforce in order to succeed. It is not only the auto industry’s perception that is changing, but women’s as well.

Women in the auto industry are realizing that they can earn good pay and even save money by working on their own cars instead of taking it to an auto mechanic or repair shop. Additionally, there are over 60,000 automotive jobs nationwide, creating plenty of opportunities for women to break into.*

The Girl Scouts of America are doing their part to foster confidence in young women interested in the auto industry. They offer a Car Care badge for their members looking to develop an expertise in the industry.

With the advancements in technology, it takes more than just muscle to work in the auto industry. Strong diagnostic and analytical skills are crucial to a good auto tech. Women in auto must also be self-confident, aggressive and ambitious. Being detail-oriented and customer-focused can also be a means to overcome the perception of a lack of physical strength. These are good traits to emphasis and market yourself with if you are interested in getting into the auto industry.

Don’t let inexperience stop you from pursuing your interests in automotive technology. If you haven’t worked a lot with cars but want to, don’t be afraid to start small. Start with light projects such as changing wipers, batteries, or checking and changing fluids. Then once you feel more comfortable and experienced, you can move on to more advanced projects. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more questions you ask, the more you learn. You can also get hands-on training from industry professionals at WyoTech.

Automotive Technology Program at WyoTech

WyoTech will train you in the skills you need to break into the automotive industry. You won’t just be sitting in classroom lectures all day, but you will also get the chance to apply the skills you learned in a shop environment.

WyoTech offers the Automotive Technology program at four of their campuses: Blairsville, Fremont, Laramie and Long Beach. With flexible schedules and financial aid assistance available to those who qualify, WyoTech is dedicated to helping you succeed.

Contact WyoTech to get more information.

* http://www.womentechworld.org/bios/auto/articles/more.htm

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