Pathways to Equity: Narrowing the Wage Gap by Improving Women’s Access to Good Middle-Skill Jobs

Publication date: 
March, 2016
Source(s): 
Institute for Women’s Policy Research

This report addresses women’s access to well-paid, growing, middle-skill jobs (jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree). It documents sex segregation in middle-skill jobs, and discusses how gender integration of good jobs could both reduce skill-shortages and improve women’s economic security. 

The report focuses on middle-skill “target” occupations in manufacturing, information technology, and transportation, distribution, and logistics that have high projected job openings and that typically employ few women. Using an innovative methodology based on the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net database, the report identifies lower paid predominantly female occupations that share many of the characteristics of the “target” occupations and can serve as “on-ramp” occupations to good middle-skill jobs for women seeking to improve their earnings, and employers looking to fill the vacancies.
 
The report is part of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s Pathways to Equity: Women and Good Jobs initiative; more information and a full list of growing well-paid middle-skill occupations with potential “on-ramp” occupations for women can be found at www.womenandgoodjobs.org
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