These Are The Jobs Least Likely To Be Held By Working Moms

Photo Credit: AdobeStock

By Leah Thomas

READ MORE: Gender equality, Mommy-tracked, Flexibility, Working moms

Working mothers are currently underrepresented in specific fields of work, in comparison to working women without children.

According to a recent Indeed Hiring Lab report, the figures for employed women between the ages of 25 and 54 with children under 18 are similar to that of employed women without children (69 percent and and 75 percent, respectively). But women without children are more likely to be hired in certain industries.

Women with children are 19 percent less likely than women the same age without children to be employed in extraction and military careers, which are both male-dominated fields. Women without children are also more likely than working mothers to be hired in careers involving sciences, design, and entertainment.

Another field more likely to hire women without children than women with children is journalism. Within journalism, editors, news analysts, reporters, and correspondents are the most underrepresented when it comes to working mothers. Women with children were also found to be underrepresented in careers like announcers, camera operators, sound technicians, according to Indeed.

Working mothers are also less likely to be found in the arts, especially amongst producers, directors, artists, actors, and dancers. And they are less likely to be found in careers working with animals, such as veterinary assistants, animal trainers, animal control workers, and animal caretakers.

So why are working moms less likely to be hired in specific fields?

Jed Kolko, Indeed chief economist, told Moneyish he believes that the answer could be as basic as women with children being drawn to certain fields of work.

Working mothers are 53 percent more likely to be teacher assistants and 34 percent more likely to be preschool/kindergarten teachers. They're also 21 percent more likely to be childcare workers in comparison to women without children. And healthcare professions like occupational therapists, dentists, and nurse practitioners see more working mothers.

Kolko also hypothesized that "it’s possible that occupations where women are the majority would be more likely to have policies and cultures in place that are friendlier to working moms.”

Kolko's theory falls into place with the finding that occupations comprised of 80 percent males hire the fewest working mothers.

These occupations could simply not be hiring working mothers. Or working mothers could be applying to these positions at lower rates. 

Moms could be concerned about benefits at these companies, like work-from-home flexibility and child care -- which costs, on average, $11,666 each year and has caused a 13 percent decrease in working moms through the years. Working mothers could also be concernd about a company's health insurance policies and whether or not it offers paid maternity leave. Currently, U.S. law only grants women 12 weeks of maternity leave, unpaid.

Kolko told Moneyish he hopes to spark a change with the recent Indeed report. He hopes to inspire fields with lower working mother representation to "take a closer look as to why and really examine whether the reasons are benign, or whether this is something about the policies or benefits or culture that is making it harder for working mothers in those fields.”

 

Related Community Discussions
I'm planning to have a baby and, as an accountant,

I'm planning to have a baby and, as an accountant, am accustomed to putting in Saturday hours (we all do during tax season). Once I start a family, though, I'd reeeally rather not work weekends... should I just suck it up and accept it as part of my career choice, or try to have a conversation with my boss? Any tips?

I am interviewing for a new job. Should I reveal

I am interviewing for a new job. Should I reveal that I have a 20-month old at home? Or is it better to keep it to myself until after the process?

Is self-employment a good idea to merge my business with

Is self-employment a good idea to merge my business with a corporate company as an experienced businesswoman going in the healthcare industry?

I think I'm being mommy-tracked at work and it's incredibly

I think I'm being mommy-tracked at work and it's incredibly frustrating. I'm two months back from maternity leave and putting in the same hours as I used to but I'm getting these subtle signs that I'm not taken as seriously -- ranging from not being asked about wanting to spearhead things to the stink eye when I walk out the door (at the same time I roughly used to leave the office). What should I do?

Find Out

What are women saying about your company?

Popular Articles
Related Community Discussions
I'm planning to have a baby and, as an accountant,

I'm planning to have a baby and, as an accountant, am accustomed to putting in Saturday hours (we all do during tax season). Once I start a family, though, I'd reeeally rather not work weekends... should I just suck it up and accept it as part of my career choice, or try to have a conversation with my boss? Any tips?

I am interviewing for a new job. Should I reveal

I am interviewing for a new job. Should I reveal that I have a 20-month old at home? Or is it better to keep it to myself until after the process?

Is self-employment a good idea to merge my business with

Is self-employment a good idea to merge my business with a corporate company as an experienced businesswoman going in the healthcare industry?

I think I'm being mommy-tracked at work and it's incredibly

I think I'm being mommy-tracked at work and it's incredibly frustrating. I'm two months back from maternity leave and putting in the same hours as I used to but I'm getting these subtle signs that I'm not taken as seriously -- ranging from not being asked about wanting to spearhead things to the stink eye when I walk out the door (at the same time I roughly used to leave the office). What should I do?