Sunday, May 20, 2012

NYTimes: Instead of Work, Younger Women Head to School

I know this New York Times article is several months old, but I stumbled upon it during a Google search on graduate education. I wanted to share it to those young women out there who are still struggling to find stable employment in this economy and are seeking refuge in more education and training (whether it be certificates or graduate/professional degrees).
Both men and women are going back to school, but the growth in enrollment is significantly larger for women (who dominated college campuses even before the financial crisis). In the last two years, the number of women ages 18 to 24 in school rose by 130,000, compared with a gain of 53,000 for young men.

The education gap aside, in some ways young women will already have an advantage over men in the coming decade. Many of the occupations expected to have the most growth, like home health aides and dental hygienists, have traditionally been filled by women. That is not to say that men cannot take those positions, but they may not want to.

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