Pink Collar Jobs that Are Too ‘Feminine’ for Men

More than a fifth of American men are unemployed and masculinity may be standing in the way. Women earn more college degrees than men and are increasingly expanding into male-dominated fields, whereas men who have lost manufacturing jobs to computerization are choosing to exit the workforce rather than take so-called “pink collar” jobs overwhelmingly performed by women.

With middle-skill occupations (which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree) declining due to automation, employment rates for working-class men are down. However, there is no shortage of jobs for men who are willing to consider non-traditional roles. In fact, service-sector jobs are steadily increasing. Employment of home health aides, for example, is projected to grow 38 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the overall average for occupations. Yet, these health aids are predominantly certified nurses or nurse’s aides, occupations which are predominately female. While these jobs have historically been low-paying, they have more job security and wage growth than most blue collar work. These jobs may require a different set of skills than most men are used to, but prime-age working class men whose jobs have disappeared due to automation should seriously consider changing career paths and breaking into the growing healthcare services industry. Learn more in this New York Times article.