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A greater number of women and men are moving into roles that have traditionally been held by the opposite sex, according to a new study from CareerBuilder.

Female workers, the study found, are increasingly taking on science, technology, engineering and math  (STEM) roles; men accounted for at least half of new jobs for pharmacists, education administrators, retail sales, merchandise displayers and cooks. 

Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) of new jobs added in male-dominated occupations —such as attorneys, web developers and chemists — from 2009 to 2017 were taken by women; today, 23 percent of all male-dominated occupations are held by female workers.

Conversely, 30 percent of new jobs added from 2009 to 2017 in female-dominated occupations, ranging from education administrators to Interior design and retail sale positions, were filled by men. Twenty-seven percent of all female-dominated occupations are now held by male workers.

For more on trends involving men and women assuming roles that have traditionally been held by the opposite sex, visit CareerBuilder’s website.

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