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New Faces of the Workforce

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A tough job market means a change in how you find a job. For some Cenla women this means taking up some non-traditional jobs.

Candy Brossette doesn't work what many would call a typical job for a woman

"I am a service advisor for Ford Lincoln and Mercury, if you come in with any kind of problems with your vehicles I'm the one who handles your issues." Said Brossette.

For many women like Brossette, a changing economy is also changing the way they look for a job.

"There are a lot of single women, with children and they're looking to find a job where they can make a self sufficient wage, and on the other hand there are two parent families and they're looking for a dual income, it's taking both people, today to meet just the demands of life." Said Elaine Morace, Executive Director of Rapides Career Solutions.

Roles traditionally held by men are seeing more women in their fields, a result of a changing job market and the potential for better pay.

"Truck driving, welders, production workers, heavy equipment operators, and as you know your non-traditional occupations usually pay a lot more than some of your traditional jobs that women are pursuing." Said Morace.

While Brossette admits her profession may have it's challenges.

"There have been some times when you have somebody who, they don't want to speak to a woman, and you just get over it, you show them that you can do it and once you gain their trust they'll come back to you every time." Said Brossette.

It's a challenge she gladly accepts.

"Don't ever give up, don't think that just because it's a mans job a woman can't do it. I've been doing it for 15 years and made a good living of it, I love what I do." Said Brossette.

A non-traditional job for women is any job employing less than 25-percent females. With many woman seeking skills training and degrees from technical colleges, that percentage looks to be changing.

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