Choosing a career path? Don’t let traditional gender roles limit you

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A greater number of women are moving into roles that have traditionally been held by the opposite sex—and vice versa.

Great news for both men and women job seekers: You really can be whatever you want to be.

According to a new CareerBuilder study, a greater number of women are moving into roles that have traditionally been held by the opposite sex—and vice versa.

Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) of new jobs added in male-dominated occupations from 2009 to 2017 were taken by women. Currently, 23 percent of all male-dominated occupations are held by female workers.

This means more women are breaking into leadership roles and STEM-related occupations than ever before. According to the study, women took the following percentages of new jobs added in these occupations:

  • Lawyers: 48 percent
  • Veterinarians: 48 percent
  • Marketing managers: 47 percent
  • Chemists: 42 percent
  • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics: 40 percent
  • Surgeons: 31 percent
  • Chief executives: 28 percent

But women aren’t the only ones breaking barriers. Men took 30 percent of new jobs added in female-dominated occupations during that same time period. Today, 27 percent of all female-dominated occupations are held by male workers.

CareerBuilder found that men took the following percentages of new jobs added in these occupations:

  • Education administrators in postsecondary schools: 49 percent
  • Elementary school teachers (not including special education): 49 percent
  • Interior designers: 41 percent
  • Human resources managers: 37 percent
  • Nurse anesthetists: 37 percent
  • Physician assistants: 36 percent
  • Public relations specialists: 36 percent

These encouraging numbers suggest that there seems to be less of a gender bias when it comes to hiring and choosing career paths. So don’t limit yourself! Apply for jobs that meet your skillset and not just the demographic you fit into.

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