More Men Taking On "Women's Work"

The times they are a-changin’, at least for men in today’s workforce.

Men are increasingly leaving their high-stress, low-satisfaction jobs in favor of “pink collar” jobs, or occupations traditionally held by women. MSN Living cites examples of pink collar professions to include careers as nurses, receptionists, grade-school teachers, bank tellers, cashiers, and legal assistants.

A recent New York Times article concludes, “The trend began well before the crash, and appears to be driven by a variety of factors, including financial concerns, quality-of-life issues and a gradual erosion of gender stereotypes.” Further, an analysis of census data by the same source found that from 2000 to 2010, jobs that are over 70% female are responsible for nearly a third of all job growth for men.

But what does this gender shift mean for women in the workforce? Nothing, according to the New York Times which goes on to say, “[The gender shift] does not mean that men are displacing women — those same occupations accounted for almost two-thirds of women’s job growth.” Good news, especially in an uncertain economy.

So why are men making the shift? The men cited in the article found female-dominated positions to be both stable and satisfying.

And just in case you were wondering, men in female-dominated jobs still earn more money.

What are your thoughts on men taking on female-dominated positions?

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