"Opportunities in female-dominated industries have continued to expand, Swartz says, but men have not been gravitating toward those jobs.
Nearly 200,000 jobs were created in the health care and social service industries over the past four years in Canada. Yet in 2016, only 10 per cent of registered nurses and 12 per cent of health care aides were men.
'It's sociocultural,' Swartz said. "There is still an attitude that we leave those jobs for women — men don't do those kinds of jobs.'
There has been little to no effort to attract men to these positions or recruit them into training programs, but perhaps an even bigger barrier is the wage gap.
'In a lot of these female occupations, they are not really paid well,' Swartz said. 'If you lost a high-paying job, you don't want to move too far down the ladder. We still have wage discrimination in the labour market.'
Swartz says boys and men need to start thinking about alternative career options or "'his will continue to be a problem for an entire gender.The problem, he says, starts in school.
And it's not confined to Canada. An OECD report in 2012 showed that 15-year-old boys were underachieving in basic proficiency in math, reading or science in every OECD country."http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/men-boys-falling-behind-1.3962316