Men’s decreases in employment were more spread out across four occupational groups: service occupations; sales and office occupations; natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations; and production, transportation and material moving occupations.
Among jobs with steep declines: cooks, carpenters, truck drivers and retail salespersons (Figure 3). Men’s earnings in these occupations tended to pay less than the median across all workers.
Men saw increases in highly paid jobs like software developers and engineers (median earnings of $122,738 and $104,517, respectively, for men in 2021) and low-paid occupations like couriers/messengers and stockers/order fillers (median earnings of $40,384 and $31,648, respectively, for men).
Like women, most gains were in management, business, science and arts occupations, though the specific occupations with the biggest increases differed for men and women.