Men have consistently dominated the NDT Industry. The year 2007 seems to have shown an increase in female workers; however, there was also 3% of respondents who did not specify their gender. Therefore, we cannot determine if there was an increase in female workers during 2007.
The gender of technicians in the industry has remained at a ratio of about 95:5 for over a decade. Why is the industry dominated by male workers? Why are very few females entering the NDT Industry?
I read a forum on ndt.net about women in NDT and what people had to say about it. Here is the link: http://www.ndt.net/forum/thread.php?rootID=23068 Based on people's comments, women are not discriminated against in the industry. Multiple technicians claimed to have worked with women or for women. Male technicians who commented claimed to have no issue with female workers and supported women in NDT. A few female technicians commented on the forum as well to say they have been treated fairly in the industry.
Based on the comments of technicians in the forum, gender bias is not a major barrier to prevent women from entering the field of nondestructive testing. However, the lack of women entering the field seem to show there is a barrier somewhere. How can we encourage more women to enter the field of NDT?
Not many people have talked about women entering the field of NDT. Do a Google search for "Women in NDT" and see how many relevant results show up. There are very few results for "Women in NDT." It is a topic that is not discussed much. The first step in encouraging women to enter the NDT industry is to talk about it.
Please voice your opinion on women in NDT and leave some encouraging words in the comments!