Almost every male in the healthcare field chuckles knowingly at references to the reaction Greg Focker received in the 2000 comedy "Meet the Parents" when he told his future father-in-law that he was a nurse.
A decade later, the "male nurse" stigma seems antiquated but many Y chromosomes are still somewhat rare for professionals in many healthcare fields. Physical therapy has always attracted higher numbers of men, likely because of the potential to work in sports medicine. By contrast, only 3.8% of speech-language pathologists and 17% of audiologists are male, according to 2012 data from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Male occupational therapists are almost somewhat scarce. According to data from the American Occupational Therapy Association, less than 10% of OTS are male.
Nursing is becoming somewhat more diverse. According to the latest census report released in February, the percentage of male RNs has tripled since 1970 and now stands at 9.6%. The numbers have been steadily increasing every year, no doubt because of the field's well publicized stability during the recent recession.
Whatever the specific field, healthcare jobs offer security, lucrative pay and flexible scheduling. So why aren't more men joining the ranks? Males who are passionate about their healthcareer career choices discuss the issue with ADVANCE.