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Startling Statements

A Non-Traditional Career is defined as a Career in which less than 25% of a gender is represented in that career.

  • In 2012, 3.4% of firefighters were women.
  • In 2012, 9.4% of registered nurses were men.
  • In 2012, 1.2% of automotive service technicians were women.
  • In 2012, 5.9% of childcare workers were men.
  • In 2012, 1.6% of carpenters were women.
  • In 2012, 4.8% of welders were women.
  • In 2012, 0.7% of dental hygienists were men.
  • In 2012, 1.8% of electricians were women.
  • In 2012, 7.2% of cosmetologists were men.
  • Women comprised 58.1% of the total U.S. labor force in 2011.
  • In 1987, in 17.8% of families in which both wives and husbands were employed, the wife earned more than her husband. In 2010, this percentage was 29.2.
  • In 1970, wives contributed 26.6% to family income. In 2010, wives contributed 37.6% to family income.
  • Carpenters are expected to have a percentage employment increase from 2010 to 2020 of 21.2%.
  • The number of registered nurses is expected to increase by 515,185 between 2012 and 2022.
  • In 1975, 47.4% of women with children under age 18 were in the civilian labor force. In 2011, 70.9% of women with children under age 18 were in the civilian labor force.
  • In 1975, 34.3% of women with children under age 3 were in the civilian labor force. In 2011, 60.9% of women with children under age 3 were in the civilian labor force.
  • In 2012, median weekly earnings for men in architecture and engineering occupations were $1,337, while for women median weekly earnings were $1,136.
  • In 2012, median weekly earnings for men in construction and extraction occupations were $741, while for women median weekly earnings were $723.
  • In 2012, median weekly earnings for women as registered nurses were $1,086, while for men median weekly earnings were $1,097.
  • In 2011, women who worked full-time year-round earned 77 cents for each dollar earned by men.
     

Sources: National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)