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For More Money, Women Need to Aim for Welding and Mechanics Jobs

  • Male-dominated fields require same skills as lower-paid jobs
  • Economy needs millions of middle-skill workers in next decade

Women would earn more and narrow the gender pay gap if they got jobs now dominated by men in fast-growing fields such as information technology, welding or truck mechanics, according to a new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

The study, which examined 473 occupations, found women in only about one-third of so-called middle-skill positions that pay at least $35,000 a year, even though they dominate in the category. About 80 percent of those women make less than $30,000 a year. Middle-skill jobs typically require some training after high school but no college degree.