Women Are Moving into Roles that Have Traditionally Been Held by Men - and Vice Versa

July 12, 2017 Rachel Nauen

 

Gender diversity is a hot topic for many employers today - rarely a day goes by without a headline in the press about equal opportunity. Are we finally making headway? According to recent CareerBuilder research, women are gaining ground in roles that have been mostly been held by men – and more men are moving into women-dominated positions.  

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. 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.

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.

What Does This Mean for You?

While there is still room for improvement in finding balance between the two genders in certain industries and positions, employers and workers seem to be making headway on reducing gender bias when it comes to hiring and choosing career paths.

Learn more about stopping bias from getting in the way of your hiring process and how to ensure gender diversity at your company.

 

 

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