Essay on Occupational Segregation

994 WordsMar 23, 20134 Pages
Occupational Segregation Since the beginning of time, from all accounts, there has been some form of inequality between genders in society. This has become especially true in the workplace and for some people occupational segregation may be to blame. Occupational segregation is the grouping of similar jobs at similar workplaces. Not to be confused with job segregation which looks at specific jobs within specific workplaces, occupational segregation focuses on the occupation as a whole. An example of an occupation would be middle school teacher. An example of a job would be 7th grade math teacher at Champion Middle School. We use occupation segregation in research because it is more broad and easier to get details. There are over 500…show more content…
Finally, the pay gap is simply the obvious discrepancies between the pay of men and the pay of women, for the same job in many cases. All of these theories have explanations for the gap that seem logical. Each of the three gaps have several breakdowns of reasons for the gap in promotion, pay and authority and I have pulled out some of the key points. The promotion gap theorizes that the gap is mainly caused by the more advanced training and education of men and the fields that men and women are typically working in. The theory is that women typically find themselves in job markets with little room for advancement. Men typically work in corporate environments with more of a job ladder and available opportunities. The authority gap explains that the gap can be attributed to women having less experience in authoritative roles so it’s harder to get that responsibility. The authority gap also states that women or people of color would have a harder time getting respect from their employees. Lastly the pay gap points out that the difference in pay can be attributed to the education and training of the employee. Facts reveal however, only one third of pay gaps show a significant difference in education or training. One thing I agree with is the fact that occupational segregation clearly exists and I don’t approve the idea of it. Unfortunately I just don’t feel that eliminating occupational
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