INFOGRAPHIC | Gender, work and university education

More women have university educations, mostly enter same professions

Draig Desson and Duk Han Lee, CBC News Last Updated: April 15, 2014

The percentage of employed women who had university degrees rose between 1991 and 2011 from 19 to 40 per cent, and they mostly find work in "traditional" professions, says a recent report from Statistics Canada.

Registered nurses, elementary teachers and high school teachers account for at least 20 per cent of the university-educated women looked at in "Changes in the Occupational Profile of Young Men and Women in Canada," published this month in Insights on Canadian Society.

The study looked at men and women aged 25 to 34 with and without university degrees.

The study does show the proportion of women rising in many major occupations requiring university education. The greatest gains were among health policy researchers, consultants and program officers, followed by human resource specialists and physicians.

For young Canadians without a university degree, most men and women were retail workers. Other jobs in this category have little in common, with the study reporting they are "characterized by significant gender differences."

For young men with university degrees, the top professions in 2011 were computer programmers, followed by auditors and accountants and high school teachers.