Work Force: Occupations with Highest Share of Female Employees, by occupation
OccupationShare of employees,
in %
Child Care Workers and Teachers’ Aides93.84
Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professionals82.21
Nursing and Midwifery Professionals80.91
Domestic, Hotel and Office Cleaners and Helpers75.29
Primary School and Early Childhood Teachers66.87
Personal Care Workers in Health Services62.33
Garment and Related Trades Workers60.32
Cooks60.13
Food Preparation Assistants60.01
Librarians, Archivists and Curators59.98
Secretaries (general)55.46
Other Health Associate Professionals54.87
Other Teaching Professionals52.99
Food Processing and Related Trades Workers52.07
Hairdressers, Beauticians and Related Workers50.82
Subsistence Livestock Farmers50.66
Other Health Professionals49.00
Client Information Workers48.32
Animal Producers47.88
Textile, Fur and Leather Products Machine Operators47.60
  • Region: Worldwide
  • Time period: 2023
  • Published: Nov 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 17, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Dominance of Women in Child Care and Nursing

Occupations involving child care, teaching aides, and nursing hold the highest share of female employees, with Child Care Workers and Teachers’ Aides leading at a striking 93.84%, followed closely by Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professionals and Nursing and Midwifery Professionals at 82.21% and 80.91%, respectively. These figures underscore the gendered nature of these caring professions worldwide.

Concentration of Female Employment in Service Roles

Service-oriented roles, including Domestic, Hotel, and Office Cleaners and Helpers (75.29%), Primary School and Early Childhood Teachers (66.87%), and Personal Care Workers in Health Services (62.33%), are significantly populated by women. These statistics reflect a global trend where women are predominantly employed in service sectors requiring nurturing and care.

Female Representation in Skilled and Unskilled Labor

Women's employment is notable in both skilled and unskilled labor, with Garment and Related Trades Workers and Food Preparation Assistants showing significant female majorities at 60.32% and 60.01%, respectively. This diversity in job roles highlights women's widespread participation across various levels of the workforce.

Female Majority in Cultural and Administrative Jobs

Cultural and administrative occupations such as Librarians, Archivists and Curators and Secretaries (general) also show a strong female presence with 59.98% and 55.46% respectively. The data points to women's significant roles in the maintenance and organization of information and administrative tasks.

Gender Balance Approaching in Certain Professions

Some occupations are nearing a gender balance, with Subsistence Livestock Farmers and Other Health Professionals at 50.66% and 49.00% female share, respectively. These numbers suggest a gradual shift towards more gender-diverse workplaces in sectors traditionally dominated by one gender.

Slight Female Underrepresentation in Specific Fields

Fields such as Client Information Workers, Animal Producers, and Textile, Fur, and Leather Products Machine Operators exhibit slight female underrepresentation with shares of 48.32%, 47.88%, and 47.60%, respectively. Despite the close to even distribution, these numbers indicate areas where efforts for gender parity could be focused.

Overview of Female Employment Distribution

The data highlights a wide spectrum of occupations with varying degrees of female employment, from a high of 93.84% in child care and teaching aides to a lower end of 47.60% in machine operation roles. The overall picture painted is one of significant female participation across a broad range of occupations, though with noticeable trends towards caring, service-oriented, and administrative roles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What occupations have the highest female representation?

The highest female representation is in occupations such as Child Care Workers and Teachers’ Aides with 93.84%, followed by Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professionals and Nursing and Midwifery Professionals at 82.21% and 80.91%, respectively.

What service-oriented roles are predominantly filled by women?

Domestic, Hotel, and Office Cleaners and Helpers (75.29%), Primary School and Early Childhood Teachers (66.87%), and Personal Care Workers in Health Services (62.33%) are predominantly filled by women.

In which skilled and unskilled labor occupations, women prominently hold jobs?

Among both skilled and unskilled labor, women significantly hold jobs as Garment and Related Trades Workers and Food Preparation Assistants with 60.32% and 60.01% respectively.

What are the professions nearing gender balance?

Professions nearing gender balance include Subsistence Livestock Farmers and Other Health Professionals with female shares of 50.66% and 49.00% respectively.

Terms and Definitions

The term "work force" refers to the collective sum of all the individuals who are currently engaged in any form of paid employment or work. It usually includes those who are seeking employment as well.

In the context of employment, an "occupation" refers to a person's regular work or profession. It's what a person does for a living, such as teacher, accountant, nurse, engineer etc.

The term "female employees" pertains to individuals who are biologically or identify as women and are currently working or employed in any capacity.

Gender representation in the workplace refers to the distribution of males and females in different job roles. It can indicate the level of gender equality or inequality in specific workplace or profession.

A "gender bias" in employment or within an occupation refers to the act of favoring one gender over the other. It can also mean different treatment or opportunities based on gender.

Equal employment opportunity implies that individuals should be offered the same opportunities irrespective of their gender, race, age, or other personal factors. It intends to ensure fairness and prevent discrimination in workplaces.
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