Learn about the types of people who become extraction workers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an extraction worker. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming extraction workers at a ratio of 3.22 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

4% of extraction workers are female and 96% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an extraction worker and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an extraction worker and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more women interested in becoming an extraction worker than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of extraction workers are White, making up 71% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Other, making up 15% and 7% respectively.