NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Women in High Paying Jobs”


Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at women in high paying jobs.   Mike, one of the major social and economic changes of the last half century has been the movement of women into the paid labor force.  Now I understand that not only are women entering virtually every occupation, but that some employers are actually preferring hiring women over men.   What’s changed?

Mike:  Summary Answer

  1. In recent years women have increased their presence in higher paying jobs – particularly professional and executive jobs
  2. In the 1950s and 60s, most women working in the market place were in clerical or retail jobs
  3. What is new now is that many higher paying professional companies are actually seeking out women for work
  4. Two reasons for this
  5. First – the supply of women trained for professional occupations has increased
  6. But second, job recruiters say women often bring better social skills to jobs – in managing employees as well as interacting with other professionals
  7. Many recruiters say having good social skills is often lacking with recent job applicants
  8. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service