A large number of occupations are performed mainly by men. Many of these jobs are not only dirty, but quite dangerous — quite possibly helping to explain why very few women apply to do these jobs.
Here is a list of just a few of the jobs done primarily by men:
- 99% of garbage collectors are men.
- 100% of deep sea fishermen are men.
- 100% of electrical power line installers are men.
- 100% of roughnecks (work the oil drill) are men.
- 99% of auto repair mechanics are men.*
- 99% of roofers are men.*
- 100% of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics are men.
- 98% of metal fabricators are men.
- 97% of aircraft maintenance and service technicians are men.
- 95.5% of firefighters are men
- 92% of construction workers are men.
- 88% of patrol officers are men.
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Here is one short list of some of the most dangerous occupations:
The Most Dangerous Jobs in America:
3. Pilots / Flight Engineers
4. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
5. Farming / Ranching
6. Garbage Collector
8. Installers and Repairmen Working on Electrical Power Lines
9. Truck Drivers
10. Coal Mining
What do most of these jobs have in common? Women make up less than 1% of the workers. __Staked in the Heart
Needless to say, without pilots, mechanics, oil workers, electrical power workers, miners, fishermen, firemen, and other dirty and dangerous jobs, modern life would be significantly different.
Other jobs where males dominate include theoretical physics, advanced computer science, high level engineering, advanced mathematics, and top level chemistry and chemical engineering.
In Human Accomplishment, Charles Murray looks at 4002 important and pivotal writers, philosophers, mathematicians, musicians, poets, astronomers, painters, physicists, biologists, and innovators in technology who shaped the modern world from historical times to the present. Almost all of them have been men. And consider all the famous explorers and adventurers. Most of them were men.
Imagine a world without the men who created the modern high tech world, and the men who keep it functioning and improving.
What gives men that “something extra” that leads them to risk everything, often for questionable rewards? More on that later.