Pink collar jobs: More men attracted to female professions
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
So-called pink collar jobs, or professions traditionally dominated by females, are now attracting more and more men.
Vanderbilt University Nursing School says they have seen a steady increase in the number of male students over the last decade.
Eric Meyer is in his first year of the program.
"I surprised a lot of people when I said I was going back to nursing school," said Meyer, "I definitely did."
Meyer is one of about 140 male students out of about 1,000 at Vanderbilt.
While it might not sound like a lot, it's right on par with the national average, and more than it's been in the past.
"It's not surprising that it's continuing to grow," Tom Christenbery, an assistant professor of nursing, told Nashville's News 2. "I think into the future it will grow."
He added, "More and more men are just coming into nursing."
For Meyer, whose mother and wife are nurses, the choice to go to nursing school was simple.
"I think from a societal standpoint, it's allowing men to really broaden their horizons in a way," he said, "being able to show we do have feelings and we care about any patient just as much as a female does."
There's an organization at Vanderbilt's nursing school for male nursing students to make sure they feel supported.
"I think there is some sociological terrain that men maneuver when they come into nursing," said Christenbery, adding, "I think it helps to have another male to talk to."
The nursing profession isn't the only field that has seen more men.
According to the last census data, from 2000 to 2010, more men have decided to join other traditionally dominated female professions by becoming dental hygienists and teachers.
The census data also shows jobs that are more than 70% female accounted for a third of all job growth for men, double the share of the previous decade.