Is healthcare a male-dominated industry?

A new study from the University of Minnesota and the University of Villanova examined “good jobs” for low- and middle-skilled workers across industries, focusing on rising and female-dominated health-care jobs, and declining and male-dominated manufacturing jobs. Results showed gender segregation through jobs and business provides differential exposure for low- and middle-skilled women and men to different forms of job quality. Healthcare is the biggest insurer of women without a college degree, with over 25% of low- and middle-skilled females working in the healthcare sector. It was also revealed that although working women receive lower salaries in healthcare than men in a male-dominated industry, the healthcare sector delivers better quality of work and flexibility relative to other service options. Healthcare professions are not ‘ good jobs ‘ for low- and middle-skilled men in terms of income, but health care employers can provide more job stability and a higher likelihood of company-based health insurance than in said male-dominated industry. In view of the continuing decline in male-dominated blue-collar industries, the healthcare sector can increasingly replace manufacturing as a source of steady and reliable work for working-class families. Health care jobs are the new jobs in the working class, mused Janette Dill, an associate professor at the Public Health School and study author.

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