Over the past decade, jobs predominantly filled by men, such as machine operator, have been disappearing at a fast pace while those typically filled by women, such as health aide, have been growing.
Theoretically, men who’ve lost factory jobs, says Claire Cain Miller, could become health aides but unemployed American men (more than 20 percent) are not even applying for new service-sector jobs. “Why?” asks Miller, because they “require very different skills, and pay a lot less.”
“They’re also seen as women’s work, which has always been devalued in the American labor market,” Miller notes.
In fact, the fastest-growing jobs are predominantly female, jobs low-educated adults, especially males, seem very reluctant to take despite the job security because they are paid less and feel stigmatized.