Gender Gaps In The Workplace

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Gen Y members are lucky to have the opportunity of entering a working world that is working harder every day to create an enabling and inclusive workplace.

Not only are companies more inclusive than ever, they’re also creating awareness and positivity, and making accommodations to ensure that all facets of diversity are welcome in the workplace.

However, there is always room for further improvement, especially when it comes to gender gaps, which still exist in certain industries.

In a world where gender doesn’t restrict an individual from starting a career in their industry of interest, why are there still obvious gender gaps?

Even in 2013, researchers found that women were less likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (the so-called STEM fields) and felt they were less encouraged to pursue these careers by their parents.

Take a look at the 10 most gender-dominated fields for men and women in Canada and the United States as of this year:

10 Most Male-Dominated Occupations

Canada
US

Occupation

% Of Female Employees

Occupation

% Of Female Employees

Brick Layer

1.1%

Brickmasons, Block masons & Stonemasons

0.1%

Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics

1.1%

Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers

0.3%

Other Mechanics

1.2%

Electrical Power Line Installers & Repairers

0.4%

Gas Fitters

1.4%

Carpet, Floor, Tile Installers & Finishers

0.5%

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanics

1.4%

Heating, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers

0.6%

Construction Millwrights & Industrial Mechanics

1.5%

Bus & Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists

0.7%

Electricians

1.6%

Misc. Mechanics, Installers & Repairers

0.8%

Industrial Electricians

1.7%

Tool & Die Makers

0.9%

Steamfitters, Pipefitters & Installers

1.7%

Roofers

1.0%

 

10 Most Female-Dominated Occupations

Canada
US

Occupation

% Of Male Employees

Occupation

% Of Male Employees

Secretaries

2.1%

Secretaries & Administrative Assistants 3.9%
Dental Hygienists & Dental Therapists

2.8%

Childcare Workers 5.3%
ECE & Assistants

3.6%

Receptionists & Information Clerks 7.3%
Court Recorders & Medical Transcriptionists

3.9%

Teacher Assistants 7.6%
Dietitians & Nutritionists

5.2%

Registered Nurses 8.9%
Audiologists & Speech Language Pathologists

5.9%

Bookkeeping, Accounting, & Auditing Clerks 9.1%
Babysitters, Nannies & Parent Helpers

6%

Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners 11%
Receptionists & Switchboard Operators

6.2%

Nursing, Psychiatric & Home Health Aids 11.8%
Nurse Supervisors & Registered Nurses

6.3%

Personal & Home Care Aides 13.9%
Estheticians, Electrologists & Related Occupations

6.4%

Office Clerks, General 15.8%

 

While certain industries have significant gender gaps, the good news is that many employers and industries are working hard to reverse gender-specific trends, investing in proactive outreach and creating more inclusive workspaces.

Learn more about creating an inclusive workspace in TalentEgg’s Diversity Career Guide, in partnership with RBC!

Source: Catalyst

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About the author

Meghan Greaves is a Bachelor of Arts - Sociology and Marketing Management student at the University of Guelph. She also earned a Business Administration – Marketing (Co-op) diploma from Conestoga College in 2012. Meghan is currently completing a summer internship with TalentEgg as a Editorial & Marketing intern.