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Nine pink collar jobs men want most

There has always been jobs women did, men were not interested in.  But in today’s competitive job market, men want the types of jobs women already have.

According to 24/7 Wall Street, more men are getting into female-occupied jobs because of sluggish economic times, better opportunities and a change in gender roles.

“I think the labor market has been picking up a little bit, though not as strong as we would like it to be,” says Jorge Perez, senior vice president for Manpower in North America. “Hopefully we can peel the onion back and start looking at how unemployment is exposed,” he adds.

Carol Kaplan, the media contact for the American Bankers Association, told 24/7 Wall Street that these are typically part-time positions dominated by women, but that men could be increasingly entering these positions because they are unemployed and can find no other work. All of the jobs reviewed require less than a four-year college degree, as well, allowing men to more easily enter these positions than other roles.

“Education is important,” says Perez. “We still need to have four-year degrees, scientists, and engineers,” he adds.

These are the top pink collar jobs men want most:

1. Dental hygienists increased 197.3 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $33.31, making this the highest-paying pink collar job men want. This career has rapidly gained in popularity with estimations of increased opportunity by 2020.

2. Word processors and typists increased 71.2 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $16.47. Word processors and typists are in charge of typing documents, correcting grammar, and other clerical duties. From 2000 to 2011, this position has decreased by almost 65 percent, making it the tenth-fasted declining job in the U.S.

3. Loan interviewers and clerks increased 63.9 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $16.74. Loan interviewers and clerks handle loan applicants, background checks, verifying references and preparing loan request forms.

4. Library assistants increased 53.3 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $11.27. Library assistants handle records, catalogs, and issuing and receiving materials. This position has generally decreased in popularity, but the number of men in these jobs has increased from 15,000 to 21,000.

5. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses increased 48.4 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $19.79. Licensed nurses provide basic care such as checking blood pressure and changing bandages.

6. Personal care aides increased 39.9 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $9.49. Personal care aides take care of the elderly and people is disabilities on a daily basis, either in their homes or as part of a facility. This position requires less than a high school diploma, and has increased in demand.

7. Insurance claims and policy processing clerks increased 36 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $16.93. Insurance claims and policy clerks work with new insurance policies and modify existing ones. The highest level of education required for this position is a high school diploma.

8. Receptionists and information clerks increased 32.8 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income is $12.35. Receptionists and clerks cover administrative tasks such as handling phone calls and documentation management.

9. Paralegals and legal assistants increased 32.3 percent in male participation from 2010 to 2011. The average hourly income for paralegals and legal assistants is $22.47. This position requires a two-year associated degree, as opposed to a professional or doctoral degree to become a lawyer.

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