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Gender related occupations

Updated on June 18, 2013


Many of the jobs and occupations which in bygone days were associated with men are now done by females. This can be seen as moving towards equality and fair play. In some cases women are doing the job better than men.

Let's look at some of the examples.

Architecture. Medicine. Veterinary Medicine. Law. Engineering. Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force). Police. Prison Staff. Airline Pilots.

In the past, many of these occupations were the reserve of men. Women were expected to be "at home," waiting for the return of their husbands; getting the children off to school; cleaning the house; doing the laundry; generally giving support to the income earner.

Now, with higher household debt and needing the extra income, the woman partner goes out to work. She can enjoy much more social interaction and be independent to a large degree from her partner.

The Male's Situation

A young guy looking towards the time when he will be leaving school, thinking about what sort of job or career he is going to do, might consider what his Dad has been doing.

Whatever the job is that Dad does, the question is whether that job appeals to the young guy. The job has to have some kind of attraction, like what his mates think of it; what his (hoped for) girl friend will think of the young man for doing it; whether he thinks he could do it....

He might have seen something about it on TV. Maybe he saw a snippet of the job in one of the soap operas, and it looked kool; or easy; or exciting; or there were attractive young girls (or guys!) doing that job. So the young man sees himself in that position, gaining a good reputation in the eyes of his peers.

His education so far has not been great. A lot of time at school has been spent playing sports, and he's been pretty good at that. The English classes and the History lessons have been pretty boring. The wood work and metal work classes were great, but several of those were disrupted because the teachers were on strike..... they went out on the playing fields during a couple of the missed lessons, and the other times school closed early.

The Family

His two sisters seem to be getting on pretty well. The older one is already at Uni, doing engineering. His younger sister is a bit precocious, always trying to make the young man look silly. She has her friends around to the house frequently and they gang up with her, so he feels like getting out of the house when they're around. Except that one slim brunette that comes sometimes; he would like to get off with her.

Even if he wanted to settle down in the evenings to study, the subjects that female teacher gives him to read up on is a bit stupid. She doesn't understand him; even she just tries to make him look silly and criticizes whatever he does and no matter how hard he tries.

The Options

Everyone is talking like the only way to get on is by going to Uni. There are no jobs in the furniture factory down the road, because there are only a few people working there: most of the processes are done by machine, controlled by computers and you need a Uni Degree to work there. A couple of guys do the cleaning and sweeping around the place and there are a couple of guys who do the security guard at night.

He might be able to get a job down at the automotive repair shop, but there's a woman in charge there and she doesn't like him. If he had a job there he could get to Tech College and learn the skills, but without a job he can't get to the College. Even then he would be competing with several girls he knows who go there. Apparently they are mostly pretty good and they all get placements in the industry when they finish.

The Traditional Careers

Medicine, Law, Sciences, Teaching, Accounting, Bank Managers, Armed Forces, Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance and Paramedics........ They all have a lot of women these days, even in the higher ranks. The careers which were seen as predominantly male, and some of them having a masculine appeal, are becoming the common domain of women.

Are there careers, which were formerly seen as woman-orientated, where men are becoming more prominent and displacing women?

What Sort of Men do Women Want?

Which are the characteristics and attributes that women like to see in a man? Are women working in such a way as to encourage that sort of man to grow up and be available for them?

For the woman who sees it as her right to enter an attractive career throughout her 20's, works hard, intelligently, succeeds and excels at the job, and by the time she reaches 30 has become financially (very) independent, what does she want then?

Is it her dream then to find "the right man," marry, settle down and have a family? Does such a man exist in her society? Even if he does, can she expect him to be attracted to her? Will that man be happy in a marriage where he is at best equal, or at worst subservient and certainly not able to play his role as "The Man" in the relationship?

Is This a Realistic Scenario?

Is there really a dilemma here? Is the picture painted above real? Does it happen like that?

What does the future look like for genders in the modern "western" culture?

Does the clouding of gender-related occupations help to create a stable, productive, cooperative community? Or is it creating a discordant, unhappy, uncertain future?

Open to discussion. Others will most likely have much more factual knowledge in this topic.


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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      if you take note of a usual company, the manager and ceo post belong to Male, never a female.

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      Alan 2 years ago from Tasmania

      A typo error in the above post should read: ".....I fear we might be plucking out the carrots with the weeds."

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      Alan 2 years ago from Tasmania

      I can fully understand that. Our culture(s) in an era of such change. I fear we might by out the carrots with weeds. We need to become much less adversarial maybe.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You pose a lot of interesting questions. I find that most men don't want strong successful women; they want to be the strong successful one in the relationship. Execs marry their assistants (formerly secretary) Less so than in the 50's, but still a big problem for a woman who wants a husband and a family in addition to a career.

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      Alan 3 years ago from Tasmania

      Thank you. You say "thought provoking." Yes that about sums it up - I don't know the solutions but if we can just be aware of what is happening maybe the solutions will come out of that.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very interesting and thought provoking topic Jonny. I have worked in two jobs where women were the predominant labour force and filled most of the management positions. I worked in a university library for ten years and believe it or not most librarians tend to be women. Also worked for a community help organisation where I was the only male in the office. I think I actually prefer working with women in general. I do think there is a shift in job roles, particularly for Mining, council road gangs, truck driving etc that were once male only domains. The other way perhaps not so much with the exception of nurses, careers etc. anyway great hub, and good to see another Aussie on here. Voted up.

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      Thank you so much for that encouraging comment.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      This is a most concerning social issue now a days. But I think if men can respect women, whatever her status can be, women also may respect them. Most cases become worst due to the interference of people surrounding them and not because of their fault.

      You've put together the points in an attractive manner. Up, useful and sharing.

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      Alan 4 years ago from Tasmania

      Thanks peeples, your comment is most valuable.

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      Peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Enjoyed reading this very much. I personally have a view that 40 years ago would have been loved but now is usually hated. I really believe the number of women working does play a negative toll on several aspects of life. I believe it makes less jobs available for men. It leaves strangers to raise children more often. I also believe it is detrimental to a child's future to not have a parent around growing up. I believe many blame the economy for the reason they must work when if you really took a look at some of their budgets their high maintenance taste is what requires two incomes.

      With that said equality should exist, but in my personal opinion a woman should put family first and career second the moment children are born.