The nursing profession is growing in popularity, and it is the fastest-growing career for women.
The profession is attracting more women than men, and the number of nursing degrees awarded has increased by a whopping 3% over the last decade.
But a new study suggests that nursing is only one of the few fields in which women may be underrepresented.
According to the American Association of University Women, nursing degrees in the United States are almost entirely awarded to women, with only one in 10 bachelor’s degrees awarded to men.
The association believes the lack of women is due to a lack of qualified candidates.
“The issue is that nursing programs are largely dominated by women, so they don’t have enough qualified candidates to go to the university,” said Katherine Bresch, executive director of the AUSAW.
“We know that women are underrepresented in nursing, and we know that this is an important area to be investing in.
There are some really good programs, but they don.t have enough women in them.”
In addition, nursing has been slow to catch up to other career fields in the U.S. that are already seeing strong female participation.
“In general, women have a lot more job opportunities than men in nursing,” said Bresz.
“There are a lot of programs out there, but women still have a hard time getting into them.
It’s a hard gap to climb.”
To make matters worse, a number of barriers to getting into nursing programs have become more common.
“There is no requirement that you have a degree in nursing to be eligible for programs like the RN/PCI,” said Julie Lichtman, a professor of nursing at the University of Colorado, Denver, who specializes in nursing.
“I don’t know of any other profession that is quite so selective in how you are qualified.”
Despite the difficulty in getting into programs, women are still more likely to take nursing classes than men.
And the nursing profession’s growth has led to some women being overlooked for jobs in the profession.
“A lot of women get into nursing because they need to be prepared for work in the field,” said Lichtam.
“It’s not because they have been in the workforce for a long time.
It is just that they have not gotten the job experience.”
In the case of nursing jobs, the gender gap may be even wider than the average.
For example, a recent study by the U of T’s Faculty of Nursing found that, of the 7,823 full-time, non-clinical positions available in the Canadian nursing profession, only 16% were held by women.
And a recent analysis of employment data from the Ontario government found that the majority of jobs in Ontario were held for women in 2015, while in the province as a whole, women were more likely than men to be employed in the non-medical profession.
The lack of female candidates may be because nursing programs in Canada are still underrepresented compared to other fields, according to Breslons research.
“We do not know why,” she said.
“It may be that the nursing programs that we have, like nursing education and nursing programs, are not as well developed as programs that are more established in other professions,” said Karen Schaeffer, the director of research for the AEAW.
“Or it may be the gender of the program and the program’s faculty.
In any case, women still tend to be under-represented in our nursing programs.”
According to Brest, the lack for women may stem from a lack in the programs they attend.
“If we are going to create a better environment for nursing to work, we need to focus more on training our workforce,” she added.
“One of the things that is going to be really important to continue to do is that we are really building this pipeline that is creating jobs for women,” said Schaeff.