Forbes Best Jobs For Women (Because We Don’t Want Them Taking Men’s Jobs!)

From Care2Causes

Posted by: Robin Marty

Unemployment is still high, but you needed worry about that, ladies!  Forbes has found a bunch of jobs made just for you, and they are all growing as we speak.

For the women who are looking for jobs in fields that are growing, here’s a helping hand. Researcher Laurence Shatkin, author of Best Jobs for the 21st Century, analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine the fastest-growing jobs for women. Using job-growth projections from 2008 to 2018, and factoring in fields that are comprised of 70% or more women, he came up with a list of the top 20 jobs that will be in demand over the next 10 years, and are particularly attractive to women interested in job flexibility.

Ooh…sounds nice!  So what have they got?  Well, a bunch of lower paying healthcare jobs, assistant positions, and the like.  And you should be great at them!  After all, you are a woman!  You’re automatically nurturing! 

A home health aide visits elderly, disabled or ill patients in their homes or in medical facilities, and helps with such day-to-day tasks like housekeeping, grooming and dressing, and meal preparation. Shatkin believes it’s appealing to women because it’s a nurturing position and is often part time, which allows women to continue to care for their own families. Typically, there is no educational requirement except for on-the-job training and a competency test.

It seems there is another downside to all of these “women” jobs.  They all pay pretty badly, too.  There are some good jobs out there, but you should leave those for the guys.  Did we mention you’d rather work somewhere where you could be nurturing? 

While most of the top 20 jobs on the list are low paying, there are a few others that offer higher wages but were left off the list as they are in male-dominated fields. For instance, biomedical engineering, which is projected to grow by 72% and pays a median of $77,500 annually, did not make the list because it is a male-dominated position (87% men). The reason, says Shatkin, is because women tend to gravitate toward jobs that allow them more time with family and which are also “nurturing.” That can affect the paycheck in two ways–first, it translates into fewer hours on the job, and second, “our society doesn’t [economically] value nurturing jobs like [it] values technical jobs.” 

It’s a stark reminder of the world Forbes thinks that women exist in — where they want to have fulfilling, low paying, “caring” jobs and leave the big scary technical jobs to the men, even as they lament all of the women who are passing up jobs in high paying industries.

Forbes, keeping women in their (low-paying, nurturing) place, one employment article at a time. 

Read more: womens rights, forbes woman


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