Women Closing Gap in Male-Dominated Professions

Women Closing Gap in Male-Dominated Professions

A new CareerBuilder Research Study shows women have taken a significant share of new jobs for male-dominated occupations. Of the 785 occupations classified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, two thirds have a higher concentration of men employed. However, a new study from CareerBuilder shows a greater number of women are moving into these roles.

Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) of new jobs added in male-dominated occupations from 2009 to 2017 were taken by women. As it stands today, 23 percent of all male-dominated occupations are held by female workers. More women are breaking into roles ranging from CEOs, lawyers and surgeons to web developers, chemists and producers and directors. The top 3 fields females are migrating to in larger numbers are: General Managers/Operations Managers (84,523), Team Assemblers (77,426) and Management Analysts (41,030.)

On the flip side, 30 percent of new jobs added in female-dominated occupations from 2009 to 2017 were taken by men. Today, 27 percent of all female-dominated occupations are held by male workers. Men have grown their presence in roles ranging from education administrators, pharmacists and interior designers to cooks, accountants and human resources managers.

“Women and men are sidestepping pre-conceived notions and crossing over into roles that historically have been heavily populated by the opposite sex,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “Over the last ten years, women have been gaining ground in management, law and various STEM-related roles. More men are moving into education and training, support roles and creative fields. While there is still room for improvement in terms of finding balance, there seems to be less gender bias when it comes to hiring and choosing career paths.”

Women Gaining Ground in Male-Dominated Occupations from 2009 to 2017

According to CareerBuilder’s analysis, more women are moving into leadership roles as well as occupations tied to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Of the 12,385 new chief executive jobs that were added from 2009 to 2017, women accounted for 28 percent of them. Women also took nearly half of new jobs for lawyers, veterinarians and marketing managers and nearly a third of new jobs for surgeons and web developers.

The study involved extensive analysis of 2009 to 2017 data from Emsi, CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm, which pulls information from multiple federal and state labor market sources.

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