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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:30 AM

Are many jobs still linked to gender?

A friend of mine was talking to me the other day and mentioned something a bit funny that kind of got me thinking. In her office she needs someone part-time to do different clerical tasks like answer phones, filings, paperwork, etc.. basically a secretary. So she advertised for "secretary" back in the summer. And every single applicant was female. 100%. What's funny is the girl she hired had quit and moved away, so she had to recently advertise again but she happened to advertise the position as a "administrative assistant" this time. This time about 40% of the applicants were male!

So it seems guys have a problem taking a job title "secretary" but have less of a problem being an "administrative assistant" even though both job tasks are the same.

It got me thinking though how many positions out there we link with a gender, even today. I wonder if it effects what job-seekers apply to or even who employers hire....

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davidn3600 Nov 2012 OP
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #1
davidn3600 Nov 2012 #3
Live and Learn Nov 2012 #15
Live and Learn Nov 2012 #4
Kennah Nov 2012 #8
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #10
Live and Learn Nov 2012 #13
XemaSab Nov 2012 #2
msongs Nov 2012 #5
Kennah Nov 2012 #7
Kennah Nov 2012 #6
Kennah Nov 2012 #9
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #11
uponit7771 Nov 2012 #12
newfie11 Nov 2012 #14

Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:34 AM

1. Nurse. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:39 AM

3. I would say the dental profession is worse

I've been to countless dentists through my life, every single hygienist and dental assistant was female.

A male nurse isn't all that uncommon these days.

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Response to davidn3600 (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:03 AM

15. True, I haven't run in to a male dental assistant yet. nt

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:39 AM

4. I use to find it a bit disconcerting to get a male nurse

but now it is quite common. Don't think many have a problem with it. Barriers are meant to be broken!

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:45 AM

8. It takes balls to be a male nurse. n/t

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:47 AM

10. Still apparently only about 6.6% of all nurses are male...

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:03 AM

13. It must be a lot higher in CA.

I have Kaiser and we have quite a few of them.

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Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:35 AM

2. The trades are still predominantly male

Ditto for the military.

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Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:41 AM

5. surrogate mother? nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:44 AM

7. Sperm donor n/t

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Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:44 AM

6. I work in IT, and I find quite a bit of gender equality

I see this in both application programming (where I work) as well as network/hardware/tech support. DBA work is a smaller subset, but from what I have seen, it's still very male dominated.

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Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:47 AM

9. Wife will only see a female GYN, and most practices seem to have more men than women GYNs

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Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:49 AM

11. Roofer

I've seen women doing most of the trades even if only a few but I've never seen a female roofer.

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Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:02 AM

12. yes

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Response to davidn3600 (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:03 AM

14. Mammographer

Women refuse to have a male tech do their mammogram.

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