Report demonstrates need for women in energy engineering positions

A new report on the energy field found that women are still woefully underrepresented in engineering jobs.
Wind turbine operation & maintenance. Engineer woman working on laptop next to wind turbines.

SWE partnered with Energy Jobline for this year’s Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) report, with an eye toward raising awareness of the gender gap in engineering jobs among women.  Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) is a guide for workforce trends in the energy industry.  This report draws on 17,000 respondents from 162 countries and 150 nationalities, completing the 42-question survey, making it a truly global endeavor.

“Our goal is to highlight issues women in engineering are facing so we thought it was a good investment to partner with Energy Jobline on this report. This study focuses on the challenges facing women in the energy industry,” said Roberta Rincon, PhD, senior manager of research at SWE. “SWE members understand the global nature of the engineering profession, so SWE increasingly seeks to develop an international perspective on these issues.”

The report covers specific sub groups of the energy field—oil and gas; petrochemical, power, renewable energy and nuclear energy.  The authors found that women accounted for between 8 percent and 14 percent of engineers in these fields.

According to the report, respondents expressed great concern over the threat of a skills shortage in the years ahead. A number of factors contributed to this, including: a wave of imminent retirements; less young talent entering the field; the emergence of automation and the need for more digital skills, and most importantly, a chronic shortage of women in the industry.

The authors recommend bringing more women into the industry to solve two pressing issues: the skills gap and the gender gap.

For hiring managers facing talent shortages, this report may serve as a guide to seek out new recruiting strategies, including improved efforts and strategies to identify women engineers in the energy industry, Rincon said.

SWE members interested in reading the report, can download it for free here.