Many occupations in Australia are more heavily gendered than they were 35 years ago.
In 1986-87, 37% of hours worked by women were in female-dominated jobs. By 2021-22, it was was almost 44%.
Some jobs have moved from being male-dominated to being more balanced; especially in managerial and professional occupations.
In 2021-22, 53% of hours worked by accountants were done by females, up from 16% in 1986-87. Solicitors, human resources professionals and economists, to name just a few, have seen similar changes.
It’s also the case that there have been few cases of female-dominated jobs becoming more balanced in the past 35 years. Phsyiotherapists and aged and disabled carers are the only exceptions.