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Men Turning to Jobs Usually Held by Women

May 28, 2012
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Nursing and teaching are two occupations traditionally associated with women workers. Men are now entering fields such as these without concern for their “minority” status. Frequently they find this kind of work gives them high levels of satisfaction.

Thirty years ago immigrant men began working as bank tellers, receptionists and waiters. Their opportunities were limited by education and language. Now, however, the recession has motivated men to look at careers previously dominated by women.

There are many reasons for this change, including the evolving roles and relationships between men and women.  Experts say the rise of the number of women in fields requiring college degrees also is a factor.  They also note that when men enter traditional women’s occupations, they tend to be promoted at a faster rate and to be paid higher wages.

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