The percentage of female equipment technicians in corporations with for-hire or private fleets in the commercial freight transportation industry remains low, according to data highlighted in the Women In Trucking Association's WIT Index.
The WIT Index benchmarks and measures each year the percentage of women who make up critical roles in transportation.The 2022 index shows that 3.7% of technicians in transportation companies are women. This is the first year the WIT Index has included the percentage of technicians in its annual survey.
“There is a severe shortage of diesel technicians and women can play a role in addressing this need,” said Ellen Voie, WIT’s president and CEO, in a press release. “Our foundation provides scholarships to women seeking training in this area as well and we make every effort to promote this career to women.”
Initiated in 2016, the WIT Index is comprised of average percentages of females in various roles that are reported by companies in transportation, including predominantly for-hire trucking companies, private fleets, transportation intermediaries, railroads, ocean carriers, equipment manufacturers, and technology companies. This data was confidentially gathered from January through April of 2022 from 180 participating companies and percentages are reported only as aggregate totals of respondents.