Nothing but support

By Ian Saint
On September 6, 2019

Ian Saint, photo editor

Entering my junior year of college, I have begun nursing school at ASU. In doing so, one thing that has become more and more apparent to me is the gender ratio. 
This was somewhat noticeable from the start. In my freshman chemistry class, there were only a handful of other guys in the class, including myself. Similarly, in my lecture hall of over 75 students in pathophysiology, there were less than 5 other guys total. After doing some research, I’ve found this is in line with the national average. 

According to Fastaff, out of the 3.5 million nurses in the U.S., only 333,000 are male. That comes to 9 percent, or less than one in every 10. 

Like many fields, this percentage is shifting. More men are entering the field of nursing, much like more women are entering STEM fields. The highest percentage of male nurses can be found working as nurse anesthetists. Even then, at 41 percent, they are still the minority in their respective field. However, the percentage of men entering the field of nursing has been on a steady increase since 1970.  

During my continued education, I have experienced nothing but support when I explained my future career. This came somewhat as a surprise, contradicting the preconceived notion of entering a gender-biased field. It seems society is becoming more accepting of the opposite genders entering traditionally mono-gender fields. 

Women in computer science were at one point almost unheard of and even discouraged from pursuing the path. Now, they are encouraged and even common in the field. Although, according to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women hold only 18 percent of computer science jobs in the U.S., the numbers are increasing. Soon enough, fields once thought of as men or women only will simply be careers pursued by those who want to engage. 

I hope to see, in the future, the continuation of the support shown towards both me as a man entering the field of nursing and women entering STEM fields.

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