The robot-proof job men aren’t taking

The robot-proof job men aren’t taking

When you imagine the “job of the future?” what comes to mind? Probably something like this. Or maybe this. These are the jobs expected to grow the most over the next decade. And if you look at expected growth and the annual salary there’s a clear winner … nursing. Other jobs might pay more but future demand is a fraction
of what it is for nurses. Thanks to an aging population, in the US
and around the world. Despite the good pay and the high demand, there’s one group that has stayed away from nursing: Men. Nursing is still one of the most gender-segregated jobs in the country with one man for every nine women in the field. So, what’s going on here? Why aren’t more men taking these well-paying,
in-demand jobs? With staff shortages plaguing many … … on our way to a nursing crisis … … in hospitals all over … … international shortage. In response to the worldwide nursing shortage scientists have enlisted the help of robots. These machines can lift and move patients take vital signs deliver medication and even make scheduling and assignment decisions. Nao robot: I recommend placing a new patient
in triage bed T5 but contrary to the doomsday headlines there’s little chance these machines will replace human nurses anytime soon. In 2013, researchers at Oxford University developed this scale. It measures how vulnerable certain jobs are to automation. The jobs where humans are least likely to be replaced by robots require either creativity,
expert perception and manipulation, or high degrees of social intelligence. Predictions are much worse for jobs where these skills are less important. Of the 700+ jobs in the Oxford study, nursing was one of the least vulnerable. With a less than 1% chance of becoming automated in the
next decade or two. And when you watch nurses in action, it’s easy to see why. The ability to build trust … to connect … it’s what makes nursing immune from automation. And for decades, it’s also what’s kept
men out of the profession. Bill Lecher: Every time that there’s a joke about a man that’s a nurse … “Remember, we talked about him?” (laughter) “So, nurse not a doctor huh?” “Kinda girly, isn’t it?”
(laughter) It still cuts a small little cut. It still hurts a little bit. You always feel it. Scheltens: This idea, that nursing is a “woman’s job” it can be traced back to the 1850s. To an English nurse named Florence Nightingale. She cared for sick and injured soldiers during
the Crimean War. When she arrived at the hospital Nightingale was disgusted by the squalid conditions. Though she faced resistance from the male physicians, she imposed strict sanitation and dietary guidelines. And under her watch, fewer patients died of
preventable diseases. After the war, her methods were taught in new nursing schools that opened up
all over the world. At the same time that women were being told
their place was in the home nursing gave them the chance to develop an
identity outside of it. But Nightingale was no feminist. She saw nursing as a natural extension of
what it meant to be a woman. According to Nightingale, women had a
natural capacity for caring. Men did not. They couldn’t attend Nightingale’s nursing
schools, which blocked them from the profession. But the thing is, before Nightingale’s reforms men had a long history as nurses. Monks cared for the poor and sick across Europe for centuries starting in the Middle Ages. Men served as nurses during the American Civil War. This includes the poet Walt Whitman who described the experience in his poem
“The Wound Dresser.” (male voice reading) Fifty years after Whitman wrote this poem the Army Nurse Corps was made up entirely of women. By the time men were legally allowed to rejoin the profession in the 1950s nursing had become synonymous with femininity. A link that was reinforced through advertising, mass media, and popular culture. And which in turn affected how we raised our children. They absorbed the idea that men and women were born with certain personality traits which made them better-suited to certain jobs. And while these traits were thought to be innate we now know that they’re largely a
product of our environment. Marci Cottingham: Boys and girls are socialized
differently, especially when it comes to emotions. And the emotions that they’re allowed to express. Boys who are even in the infant age who cry are more likely to be shushed or told not to cry. Scheltens: Mothers are more likely to smile at their
infant daughters than their sons … and they use fewer emotion words around preschool
aged boys than girls. Cottingham: Boys are socialized to
stoically manage those emotions so as not to appear effeminate or de-masculinized. The biggest threat you can pose
to a boy in terms of masculinity is to call him a girl, or call him a pussy or a wuss, right? Scheltens: So a job that requires making an emotional connection, that requires expressing empathy – a job like nursing – there’s this assumption that men can’t do it because they lack these inborn “feminine” traits. Lecher: As a parent I was always pretty
involved with my children so when her teacher introduced me as, “This is Mr. Lecher, this
is Katie’s dad, and he’s a nurse and works at Children’s Hospital here in Cincinnati. And I was surprised by the response. Young children, five years old, said,
“Well you can’t be a nurse. because you’re not Katie’s mom.” What kind of messages do you remember getting as a kid about nursing? And who becomes a nurse? Chunn: Like the little white hats? And the skirt I think that as a child you’d always have this kind of like feeling that nurses were nurturing and people don’t think men can be that way. You just have to tackle some of those preconceptions like “He’s a man so he can’t be gentle.” or “he can’t be nurturing.” Josiah Shoon: I feel like it’s the
twenty-first effing century, How is this conversation still happening? Tim Malinowski: “Oh you must be my doctor.”
And they start asking me questions. Sammy Davis LPN: “Why didn’t you become a doctor or anything?” Jason Rozinka: “Did you fail med school, is that why you’re a nurse?” Scheltens: It’s not just nursing. Genetic counselors, physical therapists,
and physician assistants also have large gender imbalances despite their higher than average salaries and major projected demand. Meanwhile, the economy is shedding the kinds of jobs that have stereotypically been associated with men, like manufacturing. And that’s reflected in this statistic: The labor force participation rate: that’s the share of men in the US who are either working or looking for work. And it’s been falling pretty steadily since 1954. Our long-held beliefs about gender are clashing with a new economic reality, one in which emotional intelligence is vital. In recent years, there’s been a bunch of ad campaigns aimed at bringing more men into nursing. When sociologist Marci Cottingham
looked at these ads, she noticed that a lot of them relied on the same gender stereotypes that kept men out of nursing. Cottingham: Extreme stoicism, masking emotion, emphasis on athleticism. Looking rather stern. Looking past the camera so they’re not
making direct eye contact Tattoos, motorcycles, don’t really
have a lot to do with what’s required of you as a nurse. If we use these stereotypical
images we might attract the wrong type of men into nursing. This idea that, “I can still be a macho tough guy, I don’t need to deal with all that nurturing
empathy stuff.” And so I think there’s really a question here of who’s going to change? Is it going to be the nursing profession,
to try to attract more men, or should we expect men to change? Guy Beck: I think it takes a while to solve that identity crisis. How can I be a man, a nurse, and still maintain my manliness? But now I sort of have this view that caring is probably the most masculine thing a guy can do. Scheltens: Caring, empathy,
and trust are humans’ strategic advantages over robots. And those skills don’t belong to one gender. They’re like a muscle. The more we build that muscle, The better prepared we’ll be for
whatever the future holds.

100 Replies to “The robot-proof job men aren’t taking”

  1. Thanks for watching, and for the robust debate in the comments. I wanted to share the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that makes up the data visualization starting at 0:11.

    A number of you have accurately pointed out that this list includes several jobs that are highly susceptible to automation (truck drivers, janitors, waiters and waitresses). It's important to point out that this is not a list of "safe" jobs that are immune to automation in the long term. It's based on labor economists' predictions about the occupations with the highest number of new jobs in the next ten years. Indeed, you'll find a number of the same jobs are classified as highly susceptible to automation in the Oxford study I mention at 1:25.

    So how can a job have possibilities for growth in the short term while being vulnerable to automation in the long term? In part, it's because the technology that could eventually replace these jobs is still being developed. Trucking is a great example– online shopping has pushed demand for truckers upwards in the short term, but as Christophe notes in Episode 2 of this series, the long-term outlook for profession is fairly grim. Check out his excellent vid here:




  4. Ive had a male nurse he was cool af and I had a ton of male nursing aids even helped me in the bathroom and showers- there wasn't a difference in my mind

    my OBGYN is a male and ya know what he's also amazing and I've seen more then 15 in my short life but I will say this, I have had women say "oh, isn't wierd to have a man look at you- I wouldn't feel comfortable…" And for me I never thought of it that way for me I see a doctor as their own thing kinda removed of gender bc of their years and years of education- they have to see me as a human yes but they have to see me objectively and yet as a unique patient ya know

    But then again i have worked with adult children with disabilities that wore diapers or needed bathroom assistance and at First men at the school weren't doing bathroom duties lol hell if I was going to let them get out of basic job duties (that let's face it are mmmm not enjoyable to anyone) so I fought it

    My thoughts
    I change the boys and I'm a girl so arguments of, well girls are different went out the window. -yeah well boys are different too
    And the whole well women are more apt to it because they changed babies diapers- welp you're smart you can learn- it's easy enough to learn and practice makes perfect
    Men can't be trusted , If you have any doubts of a man's virture then he shouldn't have been hired and in fact should be fired- duh. But if course they were trusted so that argument fell by the waist side.
    And human waste is gross regardless of who it is or what it is- be efficient be quick and be respectful and voila donezo.
    After that the women and men that protested it was wrong all had their mouths shut bc it brought the team together and that meant we had more help available

  5. Oh boy I see plenty of people here complaining about how unfairly they have been treated or heard of a male nurse being treated unfairly. Male nurse here, and I can tell you that my female coworkers are great to any male nurse on the unit. On a rare occasion a female patient (little old lady, or female with jelouse bf) will request female staff only but maybe 1 day out of the month, that's the case. Anyway, yes I agree that nursing is still seen as female career but when I'm at work no one makes me feel that way, even those around me have accepted the fact that nursing can be a man job. Honestly, all the caring, loving, empathetic traits that you should have summerize to one thing: common sense. Just treat your patient the way you'd like to be treated and listen to them. That's nothing we have never been taught growing up. Being female or male does not make a difference, I've seen way more nasty female nurses than nasty man… some patients even prefer man because they can perceive us as more logical and to the point and that's okay, some people prefer that. I'm not saying that men are more logical than women, I'm saying that that's the vibe I get from some of my patients' comments. But anyway, I'm sorry for those male nurses out there who had a bad expereince but if that's the case then you probably shouldn't work there or talk to someone.

  6. I remember when I was 19 and spent 4/5 days bedridden; all the female nurses that took care of me were so rude and short with me. It was the 1 Male nurse that showed me kindness. I never got to see his face because he had a cough and kept it covered. He was the only one that told me I could refuse treatment (a large needle in my stomach every few hours, it was torture) if I wanted to… 🤕

  7. I am starting nursing school this fall. Planning to be a flight nurse and then a Nurse Practitioner in the future.

  8. There's the "gender wage gap" right there for you. Women also make different life and work choices, and for reasons wholly unrelated to "discrimination".

  9. I think male nurses would be beneficial for female patients. Just as female nurses are beneficial for male patients.

  10. The premise that gender behaviors are a product of environment and socialization are wrong… Men care about things….women care about people. There are exceptions, of course, but no amount of social engineering is going to change that…..

  11. Never got through nursing school. I was the only black male in the entire class and was 3 months away from graduating and was kicked out. I am glad I didn't make it tbh. The reason is I made a mistake the first day in the ICU. I was going to give potassium meds to a patient with heart issues which was a red flag for my instructor. I went in front of a review board and they picked me apart and I alone defended myself. They gave me another shot. The next day I go to a different ICU with a new instructor and everything is fine I gave all my meds no issues. Then I come back the next day to clinicals and my instructor looks scared shitless. Shes like did you get an email yesterday? I am like no why?
    My instructor tells me I need to call one of nursing board members. So I do and the person explains to me that I didn't replace a patients saline bag and that it was grounds for dismissal. If it was an issue my instructor was there with me and she should have told me the bag was half full so it wasnt like it was dry or anything. Yes as a 2nd year student I should take the initiative and blah blah but she was in the room with me saw the bag and specifically said that if we ran out of time not to worry about it. So… yeah that's my story

  12. Because the word nurse sound like the female version of it they should come with another name for male nurse.

  13. Better yet let's feminized are men and boys with all the testosterone blockers and estrogen boosters in the environment. That way little boys can be born with micropenises. Maybe women won't be so offended.

  14. So basically it’s not male fault even though the title and introduction sentence say other wise …. holding double standards ayy vox

  15. this is beautiful. and goddamn important. a similar problem goes beyond hospitals when only women are expected to care for their sick or slowly dying elderly relatives. in Russia people rarely use professional help, it's frowned upon, as if you betray the family of you don't do it yourself. more often people just don't have the money to pay for help. and it's the women who bear the cross. I've heard numerous stories of women who spent decades caring for their immobile parents or even in-laws (husbands would never do it), not having social life or a way out of it

  16. it´s good that men dont go nursing. maybe women nurses now will eventually get better wage and better work conditions.

  17. I'm a Nursing Student coming into the program, one thing this video did not address for the lack of men in the job is that the program itself is EXTREMELY competitive. So compounding the fact that I come into a class where I'm only 3 guys out of 20 girls but also compete with both men and women to be able to get into the spots. In my state at least, men in Nursing is not a question of masculinity vs feminity but the fact that Nursing in general is one of those feilds with high demand but sparse resources because I have met many men who want to join the field but get swayed because it is just as difficult as competiting for med school but with less spots to get into.

  18. why cant cool macho guys be nurturing? Dont start making new stereotypes there while you're fighting stereotypes

  19. Shout out to all the nurses! 12th of May will be International Nurses Day. It falls on the day of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. In Australia, almost 50% of psychiatric nurses are male.

  20. I thought this was gonna be a general topic about robot-proof jobs, instead it's feminist propaganda. How typical.

  21. "Who's going to change? Is it going to be the nursing profession to try to attract more men, or should we expect men to change?" This question is based on the notion that men NEED to change in order to be a good fit for nursing as a profession. Addressing masculinity as a monolith is part of the problem IMO. If anything, the hyper-masculine approach of that recruitment video says more about the producer's view of the type of manhood they needed to appeal to in order to attract more men to the profession.

  22. Scandinavia pretty much destroyed the whole male aren't different to female argument but keep spreading bs cheerd

  23. The nursing college at my local college, has been on a big recruiting campaign for men, older people, people who have jobs that retire early such a public servents. And those who were laied off.

    They have tailored the program and remedial education to fit the adult non traditional student. (Math courses, anatomy, chemistry, working with unemployment, displaced worker grants etc)

  24. Good pay? Never knew nurses got paid well in the US. In Germany they barely get enough to live and have to work serious overtime



    All the nurses like to do is gossip, talk about game of thrones, and complain that they only got one scoop of ice cream on nurse's appreciation day.

  26. I never had a negative thought about a guy being a nurse! All I see is a job thats in high demand and it pays really well!

  27. Why would anyone want to be a nurse? Not so great pay, long hours, and annoying patients. I'll pass

  28. Woah an actual job that had a shortage of men Instead of women.

    Feminist, I would like to hear your opinion

    Please reply your opinion

  29. This faisl to address that there is an inherent problem with sexism when it comes to nursing and caring. I tried to apply for an AuPair and I was rejected for being a guy.

  30. If "masculinity" and "femininity" encompass the same human values (such as caring and empathy). why do we need two words? Why do we need the words "man" and "woman" if we fundamentally don't differ?

  31. perhaps there is discrimination against men in the nursing industry

    did you ever consider that?

    we should treat men and women equally

  32. Men aren't doing nursing for the same reason women aren't lining up to take welding, plumbing and electrician work

  33. I would join nursing but I’m highly emotional and it’s a taxing job
    But at least what I’m studying will be not highly automated

  34. one time my friend who studied communication made fun of me because I want to be a doctor and said that my job was going to be taken away by robots like ????

  35. Stoic-ness and unflappability is cool for all genders. I love BADASS-folks!

    Digressionary Additional Comments –
    I’m good with empathy. I’m studying to become a nurse. I can be your hero baby. Doctors Without Borders is cool.

  36. I was in a training program for a health care assistant. Part of the program was for each student to have an individual tour through a local hospital's health care delivery system, a 30-minute visit. I was happy to see what was going on and I tried to be quiet as I didn't know too much about health care just yet, but I did talk and ask a few questions. The tour guide made a joke about health care, and I replied back with 2 jokes I heard on the radio that morning, the jokes were: 1) Why were the dark ages so dark?: because it was full of knights. 2) How does an otter introduce his wife?" he says "here is my significant otter." The next day I was suspended from the program because the lady host that gave me the tour of the hospital said that I made a series of jokes that were significantly insulting and demeaning towards women, that I showed little to no interest in my career path at all, and that she felt I was unsuitable for the career. So that was it, my $3,000 in tuition was un-refundable yet I could not continue on a career into health care just because ONE woman didn't like me? Can you see that is why so many men don't want to work in the health care field, it is because his entire career can be destroyed just on the word of one woman alone?

  37. Nursing. Great, now there is a lot of high paying jobs for people who are dying from loans to apply to and get paid very well… Hope more people men and women do get hired in those fields.

  38. Who made this video ?

    There r Robots working in many hospitals as nurses- reducing need for nurses

    There is going to be a reduction in nurse jobs in next 24 months

  39. Why aren't men taking to nursing? Well, there's the job itself where, just as in teaching, the volume of paperwork is growing out of control and thus pushing out the real nursing. There are the stereotypes where you can't do much about as you're probably the only man on the ward. And now there's metoo etc.

    It is not too interesting a combination for men if you look at all these parts. And somehow, it's men that just have to adjust and deal.

  40. I can't accept these reasonings that automation can't replace every job done by humans, Heck It's Humans that Are implimenting Automation! Robots may not have emotions but humans are building, encoding them to mimice human emotions.

  41. Wow i mean wow. Imagine telling women they need to act like men to get into a man dominated field. We're told we need to accept women on my jobsite, women tell us we need to change to be accepted into their field. No. No sexism to see here

  42. Computer engineer here : yeah man good luck with that "manual nurse thing", we'll automate that too.. Thats why we do research on AGI, ouu did i forget to tell you that emotion can be simulated.. This field are growing fast to fulfill demands on coop robotics

    When that happen, mine too will be automated as well 😂 😂

  43. A less than 1% chance of automation in 20 years DOES NOT mean it's robot proof. Who says that percentage won't grow to 85% by 2040?

  44. Men and women evolved differently. Men hunted while women took care of the children. Politically correctness wont change millions of years of evolution.

  45. I'm not being toxic here and am genuinely curious but why do women still complain about having lower than average salaries compared to men when the majority of them hold jobs of higher wages and quality compared to men while men mostly hold jobs like factory worker, and as per what this video may imply, may be replaced by robots in the near future?

  46. My mother is a nurse. Pretty much hates her job. The stories I hear have me thinking it’s a terrible way to make a living. Another part of me knows it’s just because where she works. Not every place could possibly be like the understaffed nursing home she is employed by.

  47. I've noticed all of the universities that advertise health and medical degrees only use females as their nurses in their advertisements

  48. I mean someone gotta programme those robots right and cheks if anything goes wrong so I'm sure a lot of manufacturing mechanical parts job will exist in the future

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