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The skilled trade industry has two major problems that need addressing – an overall shortage of workers and a major lack of gender diversity. According to a study by the Associated Schools of Construction, fewer than 10 percent of skilled trade workers are women. Now, with the skilled trades sector as a whole facing worker shortage, companies are realizing it is time to start attracting women workers. According to PBS, an estimated 30-million jobs that pay at least $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree are available. Instead of a four-year degree, vocational training programs that take a few months to one year to complete can prepare people for these jobs. Heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) is one area providing excellent career growth potential for women. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this industry are expected to grow 15 percent through 2026, much faster than average. The following resource was created by The Refrigeration School to highlight opportunities for women considering a career in the HVAC/R field.