Men are moving into the “Pink Labor” Occupations
Men are starting to move into the “Pink Collar” job which is jobs that used to be dominated by females. Since 2010, there has been an increase in following jobs and in some professions the rates have almost doubled:
Waiters/ Restaurant Jobs
Typically male dominated jobs in the construction field have dried up since the housing market crunch which forced males to look for alternative occupations in the “Pink”. Men have found these jobs more stimulating as well.
Goals have changed over the past 5 years also. Men typically grew up thinking they would become rich and buy mansions and luxury cars but later found these goals were unrealistic. They now value the idea of buying an average home, having a moderate car for transportation and just being able to live comfortably vs. being rich. The idea of having a stable job with good income is important and rewarding and most important obtainable.
Boys grew up being told they would grow up and become a Doctor, Dentist, Engineer, Lawyer, Police Officer, Fireman, Military Career or Construction worker. These were occupations primarily dominated by males. Girls grew up being told they could be Teachers, Nurses, Day-Care Providers or Stay at Home Moms. But we have seen a shift over the past 20 years and there has been a large influx on women going into the male dominated jobs and males going into the female dominated jobs.
The idea of Home Ownership is still a strong value among men and women and is still typically known as the “American Dream” and both males and females strive to meet this goal by finding new occupations that are more rewarding and stable in the work force by crossing over sex gendered occupations as gender stereotypes are collapsing.
Comment by author: I am in a real estate field which seem to a pretty even mixture of men and women. Service providers are also a mixture; Title and Escrow, Lenders, Insurance. I do believe there are females in construction/ home inspection occupations but think that males still dominate these fields at this time. Males tend to dominate the Pest Eradication fields but maybe women are not interested in working around bugs.
Interesting finding: I went on numerous websites and all the nursing programs had pictures of women. I only found 1 male picture in all my searching. Have the vocational schools caught up yet?
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