AUSTRALIA ENGINEERING WORKFORCE: Women are severely underrepresented in the engineering workforce. In 2016, only 12.4% women comprised the engineering labor force, which is more than a percentage decrease since 2015. Moreover, the probability of remaining in their occupation is lowest among engineering women, specifically in two age groups: 25 to 34 and 55 to 64.
HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION: A 2017 report from Engineers Australia found that participation in STEM subjects among year 12 students has been declining since 2001. Participation in advanced mathematics and physics, which are considered fundamental courses for preparing the country’s future engineers, has declined from 2001 to 2015, but participation is especially low among girls. Note:
Income inequities exist in the engineering sector, with men earning much more than women. Almost 25% of male engineers earn at least $2,000 per week compared to only 10% of female engineers. Source: Engineers Australia. (2012). Women in engineering: A statistical update. Additional Resources Engineers Australia. (2012). Women in engineering: A statistical update. Data and
DEGREE ATTAINMENT: Engineers Australia studied the trends of women’s shares of bachelor’s degree completions by degree duration (3 year, 4 year, and double degrees) from 2001 to 2017. In 2017, women received 16.5% of three-year bachelor’s degrees in engineering and 13.6% of four-year bachelor’s degrees in engineering. The fields of maritime engineering and technology, automotive
SCHOOL TO UNIVERSITY TRANSITION: A 2019 report from Engineers Australia found that women continue to be underrepresented in the engineering profession. Australian women have the capacity to study engineering, but they do not choose to enroll in university engineering programs. From 2013 to 2017, about 2,000 young women apply for places in university engineering courses