Inspire girls to consider nontraditional careers

November 21, 2016

(By Tara Smith Anderson - Director, External Mobilization, American Petroleum Institute)

Today, it's easy to envision that young girls everywhere aspire to be whatever they want to be. Unfortunately, there are still many careers that aren't traditionally considered by young women choosing their career paths, and there remain a number of male-dominated industries in our nation today. 

This is why I was thrilled to come to the state of Iowa and join Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds at two great events geared toward encouraging women to consider career paths in some of these nontraditional fields. First, we attended a STEM conference, hosted by the Iowa State University College of Science and Engineering and its Women in Science and Engineering program that encourages high school girls to consider STEM educations. Second, we attended a roundtable with central Iowa women leaders and business professionals that focused on the importance of mentoring young women to consider careers in these nontraditional industries.

At both of these events, I had the pleasure of sharing with these women the results of a yearlong study put together by my colleagues at the American Petroleum Institute. Specifically, this study examines the 1.9 million job opportunities that will be available in the oil and natural gas industry by 2035 and the fact that only 16 percent of these opportunities are projected to go to women. Because of this gap between men and women employed in the oil and natural gas industry, we conducted extensive research focused on finding why this gap existed and how we could engage more women to consider careers in oil and natural gas...

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