Gendered Occupational Differences in Science, Engineering, and Technology Careers
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Gendered Occupational Differences in Science, Engineering, and Technology Careers

Julie Prescott (University of Bolton, UK) and Jan Bogg (The University of Liverpool, UK)
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Release Date: September, 2012|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 315
ISBN13: 9781466621077|ISBN10: 1466621079|EISBN13: 9781466621084|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2107-7


Gender segregation is an issue that still exists in today’s society. With the dominance of men in the science, engineering, and technology sectors, there is still a question of the underrepresentation of women. It is even apparent that in the positions that are predominately female, such as nursing, men still hold more senior managerial positions than women.

Gendered Occupational Differences in Science, Engineering, and Technology Careers provides an overview of women in male dominated fields, specifically in science, engineering, and technology, and examines the contributing factors in this concern. This collection of research is relevant to academics and students in social and behavioral sciences in addition to gender and organizational researchers and scholars.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Career Barriers
  • Cultural issues
  • Equal Opportunities and Diversity
  • Female Dominated Occupations
  • Gender Role Attitude
  • Generational Differences
  • Identity and Social Identity Theory
  • Occupational Segregation
  • Support for Mixed Networks

Reviews and Testimonials

Prescott (U. of Central Lancashire) and Bogg (U. of Liverpool) present hard data on the number of women working in science, technology, and engineering within the U.K. and U.S., and identify the barriers to career progression. The authors discuss the importance of self-esteem in career choice, gendered expectations in the workplace, different theories for understanding career development and occupational choice, work-life balance, the perceived characteristics of leaders, and the lack of mentoring and networking opportunities for women. Their approach highlights the interplay of internal and external factors that help perpetuate gendered occupational segregation and how people experiencing the same work conditions can react differently due to personal attributes.

– Book News Inc. Portland, OR

This book provides a refreshing change from previous works on women in science. UK authors Prescott (Univ. of Central Lancashire) and Bogg (Univ. of Liverpool) explore the various career pathways and associated gendered occupational segregation from an interdisciplinary perspective. [...] Overall, this book is aimed at anyone interested in leveling the playing field and celebrating all that diversity can bring to the workforce.

– L.S. Rigg, Northern Illinois University, Choice Magazine

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Julie Prescott (CPsychol, PhD, MA, BSc) is a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bolton. Julie gained her PhD from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at The University of Liverpool, UK, in 2011. Julie has a research career spanning over ten years in academic and public sector environments. Julie’s background is in psychology and women’s studies; she has a particular interest in women’s careers, especially in terms of barriers and drivers, occupational segregation, and the experiences of women working in male dominated occupations/industries, in particular the computer games industry. Julie has published one book entitled Gendered Occupational Differences in Science, Engineering, and Technology Careers (co-authored with Jan Bogg).
Jan Bogg (BA, M.Sc, Ph.D, C. Psych) is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, at the University of Liverpool, UK. Jan is an organizational psychologist and her research focuses on workforce issues, leadership, equity and gender in the workplace; she has written numerous papers and articles on women in science, in academic and professional journals. Her research includes a European Union funded, Breaking Barriers program, to address career progression, barriers and drivers for women in science and equity and diversity issues in the workplace. Jan is a member of the United Kingdom, Athena Swan Steering Committee for women in science ( and leads the Athena working group on Medical Schools.