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More Men Classified as Disadvantaged Taking “Women’s” Jobs, New Study Shows

March 10, 2017

According to a new study, men have been as likely to move into predominantly female jobs as the other way around over the last 15 years, but not all men.

It is the men who are already disadvantaged in the labor market: black, Hispanic, less educated, poor and immigrant men.

While work done by women continues to be valued less, the study demonstrates, job opportunities divide not just along gender lines but also by race and class.

At the same time, the women who have continued to delve into more prestigious male-dominated professions in that period are likely to be white, educated, native-born and married, according to the research, which has not been published yet.

The gender composition of jobs matters for reasons of equality — fields with a majority of men pay 21 percent more than those with mostly women. Also, the fastest-growing jobs are dominated by women, while the fastest-shrinking ones are predominantly male.

The jobs that have become more female are generally professional or managerial ones, according to the study.

More Female
  • Natural sciences managers
  • Veterinarians
  • Optometrists
  • Ushers and ticket takers
  • Brokerage clerks
  • Agricultural inspectors
  • Print binding and finishing workers
  • Dentists
  • Animal trainers
  • Agricultural and food scientists
Less Female
  • Computer operators
  • Counter and rental clerks
  • Radiation therapists
  • Inspectors and testers
  • New account clerks
  • Models and product promoters
  • Engine and machine assemblers
  • Electrical assemblers
  • Biological technicians
  • Furnace operators

Sex or gender discrimination in the workplace involves treating someone poorly because of their sex, whether they are applying for a job or are a current employee. While women can perform the same duties as men with the same skill and success, the issue of sex discrimination is still present in many workplaces and can hold women back. This is not to say that men cannot be discriminated against – in the past this has been predominantly an issue with women, but as times change and new studies like this one come out, it is clear that gender discrimination can equally be directed towards men.

If you believe that you have been discriminated in any way at your job, our Florida Discrimination Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. We will look at the facts of your case and direct you on how best to proceed. Your consultation with us is free, so call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.