Gender and Occupational Choice

  • Helen M. G. Watt


Men and women tend to end up in different kinds of occupations. This phenomenon is extraordinarily robust across different settings (see Watt & Eccles, 2008), although there is certainly also cultural variation; good illustrations are women’s higher representation in the sciences in India and the former Soviet Socialist Republics than in other countries. Children’s literature, role models, vocational high school, and career counseling are some of the ways people get ideas about which careers are appropriate for them.


Senior High School Mathematical Ability Occupational Choice Stem Education Social Cognitive Career Theory 



I extend my sincere gratitude to Jacquelynne S. Eccles for her continuing generosity and guidance, for her groundbreaking work in this field of inquiry, and for providing an exemplary role model to women in the academy.


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  • Helen M. G. Watt
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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