What careers do you see predominantly dominated by each sexe and why do you believe it is this way?

If you were to name the top 3-5 careers that are predominantly run by women, and the top 3-5 predominantly run by men what would they be?

Please also share in the comments why you believe it is this way.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it!

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  • An observation of mine is this, and no amount of social engineering or feminist rhetoric has changed it as far as I can tell: The more thing or object-oriented an occupation is, the more male it remains and likely will remain, and the more people-oriented an occupation is or has become, the more female it is or has become.

    In some occupations it has become largely a feminized work force as the relative importance of just getting the best widget made has dropped, compared to the rising importance of the ongoing serving of the customer, client, or patient.

    Infrastructure related careers? Men. Miners, Power Plant Operators and Linemen, Water Treatment, Waste Disposal, Construction.

    Manufacturing related careers? Men. Making those widgets, the assembly-liners, the mechanics and repairmen (yes, largely repair MEN).

    Transportation? Men. Pilots, Cargo ship crews, Truck drivers.

    But those industries are not growing much anymore.

    On the other hand, Human Service related careers, which are growing by leaps and bounds? Women, Women and more Women. And NOT just the salon or nail parlor owners, cruise ship directors and staff, or flight attendants either anymore. Now much more and much more professional than just that.

    Certain occupations have shifted from almost solely male to largely female, and that is largely due to in a shift in the occupation itself. I work in Accounting, and over the years it has gone from just strictly reporting the numbers to schmoozing with clients (for outside CPA firms) and managing the costs and outputs of people (for inside the corporations), and as a result the profession has steadily become feminized. I now answer to far more female bosses than male ones.

    Ditto for Law and Medicine. @misogynistic_pig observed this in dentistry - the hygienists have been overwhelmingly female for decades, but even the actual old school "drillers and fillers" have moved toward much more reassurance of a scared patient and towards much more cosmetic dentistry like teeth whitening, hence the profession getting feminized. (The Orthodontics, however, does seem to remain largely male, and again I think it is the orientation of people vs. orientation of things).

    Other medicine the same: Surgeons are still largely male, but Pharmaceuticals? Pediatrics? General Practitioners? Feminized now. It has become a world of 21st Century "Medicine Women" in those aspects of medicine, never mind the nursing, which always was.

    We see this in Management: Human Resources? Mostly female. Line Production Managers on the other hand remain mostly men.

    And this explains the rise of women working, not just in the Western World, but indeed globally. The relative size and importance of Infrastructure and Manufacturing in the world's economies has declined, and the relative size and importance Human Services in the world's economies has increased - dramatically. Now this does not mean "obsolete males" by any means - without that basic infrastructure and manufacturing, the whole thing would come apart, for an economy based solely on services will just not work.

    Nor does it mean that there are not those men who thrive in customer service and there are not those women who thrive as mechanics - there certainly are. But the frequency distribution scatterplot, pie and bar graph, bell curve, call it what you will, has remained steady and consistent for decades.

    • Oh, and how could I forget Engineering, still largely male because still largely just objects and numbers. But if "human engineering" becomes more and more of a thing, I could see more and more women getting into that, too.

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  • I know the answer, not because I cheated but because I researched it recently and had some sources bookmarked. So I won't spoil things by posting the answers, but I'll shar my thoughts about why I think they are what they are.

    - This will ruffle some feathers but there are some things men are generally better at, and some things women are generally better at.

    - Men and women enjoy and get satisfaction from different things. Lot's of women could be good in STEM, and we all know billions of dollars have been spent trying to get females into STEM fields, but their numbers are still low. In countries where women enjoy the most freedom and gender equality, women choose STEM fields less than places like the US.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/02/the-more-gender-equality-the-fewer-women-in-stem/553592/

    - Men tend to prioritize earnings higher than women do, while women prioritize things like emotional fulfillment, flexible work schedule, number of hours required, comfortable workplace environment, etc. Not all women, but most.

    - Why do women prioritize earnings less than men? Because they can. They know it is not a woman's primary value to earn money like it is a man's. But boys grow up knowing from a very early age that their primary value as human beings is their paycheck. Men who don't offer a woman and their family a decent income are seen as low value. That's just a fact of humanity. Very politically incorrect to say these days, but it's still true just like it has always been.

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  • Lorry driving because it used to be dirty heavy work, now that it's less labour intensive you more women doing it.

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What Girls & Guys Said

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  • So health professionals, public administration, therapy for women?

    And guys, I just don't know.

  • Physical l demanding labor. Jobs that are dangerous. Jobs required you to live away from home for months and years.

  • I study dentistry and 67% of students are women.

    What careers do you see predominantly dominated by each sexe and why do you believe it is this way?
  • Automotive Industry was predominately men, stereotypically speaking (do not roast me) god forbid any female broke or cracked a nail changing a tire or get grease under the fingernails.

    Telephone Operator women were better because of the natural friendliness over the phone.

    Secretary just like the telephone operator women were better at first impressions of a business. Sometimes having an attractive secretary around was enough to seal a business deal. (So all of you female secretaries, show some cleavage to potential males clients because they're horny bastards)

    Military once it was predominately men who could join, as women of the time were seen as inferior in combat or so it was thought. (No days we have female drill instructors)