odd one out

A male in a female dominated industry.

Nurses. Teachers. Personal Assistants. Childcare Workers. Secretaries.

Female workers dominate all of these industries, and their male counterparts are often seen as less than manly, even effeminate. And they are sometimes not much more than a running joke.

But what if I told you that, more often than not, men actually earn more in these ‘pink-collar’ jobs than their female counterparts, despite the gender imbalance?

Without getting stuck too deep into social stereotypes and gender equality, I have been wondering lately about the ratio of male to female Virtual Assistants out there. Although I have come across a handful of guys in the industry, they are few and far between at times.

According to Wikipedia, “it is estimated that there are as few as 5,000-8,000 or as many as 25,000 virtual assistants worldwide”, and my bet is that at least 90% of them are female.

In fact, surveys seem to place that number closer to 97%. However, as the Virtual Assistant industry is still fairly young, there isn’t too much recent industry data to go on. It seems to be pretty clear on the surface of it though that the Virtual Assistant trade, for one reason or other, is a predominately female one.

Of course gender shouldn’t matter, but unfortunately at times it does. Are male Virtual Assistants often met with raised eyebrows? Do they struggle to gain clients? Is it assumed that they are not up to the job? Or perhaps the flip side is true. Maybe those fewer male Virtual Assistants are seen to provide a higher quality service. Or are more trusted to get the job done.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain. No job should ever be beneath that of a man or woman.