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September 13, 2022 1:10 PM, EDT

Number of Female Technicians in Transportation Remains Low

Tech studentsStudents train to be diesel technicians with the prospects of landing trucking jobs in Alabama. (Wallace State Community College)

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The percentage of female technicians working at transportation companies remains low, the Women In Trucking Association (WIT) Index found Sept. 12.

The 2022 WIT Index found approximately 13.7% of all the drivers surveyed are female. The index also found that 3.7% of technicians in transportation companies are women.



“There is a severe shortage of diesel technicians and women can play a role in addressing this need,” WIT President Ellen Voie said in a statement. “Our foundation provides scholarships to women seeking training in this area as well and we make every effort to promote this career to women.”

The WIT Index is an annual benchmark that measures the percentage of women who make up critical roles in transportation. It has measured the average percentages of females in various transportation roles since 2016. This year the index was expanded to include operations, human resources, management and sales. This is the first year the index has included the percentage of technicians in its annual survey. — Transport Topics

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