Male-Dominated Jobs Women Are Taking Over Now

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Gone are the days when men ruled most jobs, positions, and industries. Today, more and more women are having power over many careers previously held by their male peers. In fact, as quoted by, “several jobs have shifted from majority male to majority female over the past years.” Read on and find out a few male-dominated jobs women are taking over now.

1. Bartender

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Bartending was one of the jobs women took on when men joined World War II. In 1983, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) puts the total number of female bartenders to nearly 50 percent. Though men rule the bistro industry today, female barkeeps are more common nationwide. BLS reported in 2012 that about 60 percent of American bartenders are women. Experts link this to the trade’s recent technical shift, thanks to the rise of the cocktail and the modern mixology movement.

2. Pharmacist

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In 1983, BLS recorded only about 27 percent female pharmacists in the country. But over the past 30 years, the gender breakdown has shifted. According to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 60 percent of students in pharmacy professional degree programs since 2011 were females. The surge was likewise evident in BLS’ 2012 estimates, where 54 percent of working pharmacists nationwide were women.

3. Public Accountant

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Three years after New York issued the first official qualification test for certified public accountants, Christine Ross of Nova Scotia became the first licensed female public accountant in the country. Years after Ross gained her license, women found it hard to enter the industry. But in 1983, they started dominating the field and made up 39 percent of accountants in the US workforce. Today, women occupy more than 60 percent of accountants and editors in the United States.

4. Physician Assistant

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In the ’60s and ’70s, most physician assistants were men. However, in 1983, the ratio of women physician assistants grew from 35% to 70%. Experts said the upsurge was due to higher pay women get when they work as PAs.

5. Photographer

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In 1983, only 20 percent of photographers were women. Now, the gender balance in photography is about 50/50, based on a 2012 BLS report.

Other Male-Dominated Jobs Now Ruled By Women

Other jobs where women’s involvement has increased most in the past decades are:

1. Medical Scientist
2. Public Relations Manager
3. Usher, Lobby Attendant, and Ticket Taker
4. Tax Preparer
5. Veterinarian
6. Transportation and Material Moving Supervisor
7. Writer and Author
8. Apparel Worker
9. Healthcare Practitioner
10. Dispatcher
11. Teacher Assistant and Audio-Visual Specialist

Do you want to learn other male-dominated jobs, employment trends, and industry facts? Read more articles from our career tips page.

Sources: Time, Inc., U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics