TAMPA – Despite a pandemic, there is one industry that has created more jobs all summer and into the fall, and that is construction, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics.
Yet 90 percent of this industry is still dominated by men.
“I have never seen myself on a construction site and I would never have imagined it,” said Lina Castro.
Within four years, Castro worked her way up from an administrative assistant to a project manager at InVision Advisors. She is currently overseeing the construction of 50 Tampa townhouses.
“Usually there are very few women on construction sites,” said Castro.
However, Castro really hopes to change that trend. She says with so many women out of work due to the pandemic, at least serious thought needs to be given to a career in construction.
“The design and construction world is taking a different path towards a technology-based one, so it’s not all manual work,” said Castro.
She said construction jobs are not only a stable option in times of economic uncertainty, they are well paid and you don’t need a college degree.
“COVID won’t stop construction as long as all logs are in place,” Castro said. “You are in control of your destiny. The harder you work, the more you learn and perfect your craft, the better you get.”
Castro said she has seen more women on construction sites in recent months and hopes this is not just a pandemic fad, but a sign of the future.
“I can tell you more women are getting involved and hopefully women will soon take over,” said Castro.