Age and Gender Differences at Work

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Men tend to enter the workforce at younger ages in military type occupations, whereas women start working earlier in construction and ‘Installation, Maintenance, and Repair’ occupations. What are some possible explanations for these age differences between men and women in different occupations?

The median is the numerical value separating the higher half of a data sample from the lower half. In this case, median is used to show the age at which men and women entered the workforce in a variety of occupations. For example, in 2012, the median age for women in 'Installation, Maintenance and Repair was 27 years, whereas the median age for males in the same occupation type was 32. In Military occupations, the median age to enter the field was 32 for women and 21 for men in 2012.

Population: All VR clients 

Data Source: RSA-911

Instructions: In this figure, median age values are represented by orange dots for females and blue dots for males. Each row represents a different major occupation type. Click the left to right arrows to view years from 2008-2014.