Why men may have a harder time than women finding jobs


If you’re searching for a job, the odds of finding one may depend on your gender.

Overall, occupations that are more than 80 percent female are projected to grow at nearly twice the rate of jobs that are at least 60 percent male between 2014 and 2024, according to research out this week from the jobs site Indeed and its chief economist, Jed Kolko. The site researched Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that many are jobs that are traditionally dominated by women — including occupational therapy assistants, physical therapy assistants and nurse practitioners — are growing at the fastest rate. They will grow at about a 40 percent rate, compared to an overall rate of 6.5 percent for all jobs.

In fact, all of the fastest-growing jobs for women were healthcare-related.

Among male-dominated jobs, some are growing faster than others. Indeed tried to find out which traditionally male jobs will grow and found that ambulance drivers and attendants came out on top, with 33 percent employment growth expected from 2014 to 2024. They were followed by personal finance advisers, with 29.6 percent growth expected during the same period, followed by web developers (26.6 percent), emergency medical technicians and paramedics (24 percent) and computer and informational research scientists (20.9 percent).

At the same time, manufacturing and agriculture, which have traditionally employed more men than women, are projected to lose jobs in the next decade. The BLS projects the U.S. will lose about 282,000 production jobs between 2014 and 2024, or 3 percent of all production-related jobs. There will also be a dip of about 6 percent, or 47,500 jobs, in agriculture between 2014 and 2024, BLS predicts. Some traditionally female-dominated jobs are also shrinking: Telephone operators, switchboard operators and sewing machine operators are expected to fall by around 43 percent, 33 percent and 27 percent respectively between 2014 and 2024.

Of course, men and women don’t have to stick to careers generally dominated by their own genders, Kolko said. In fact, men with higher levels of education are less likely to work in jobs that are male-dominated, he said. But the job market does remain somewhat segregated. More than one-third of men work in occupations that are at least 80 percent male and 31 percent of women work in occupations that are least 80 percent female, according to Census data.

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