Italian girls want to be nurses, boys engineers, OECD finds

Less than 5% of 15-year-old schoolgirls foresee technical career

Italian girls want to be nurses, boys engineers, OECD finds

(ANSA) - Paris, September 11 - Young Italian men gravitate towards technical careers while their female counterparts aspire to work in healthcare, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reported Tuesday. In a study entitled 'Education at a Glance 2012', the OECD found that among 15-year-olds, 13.1% foresaw a career in engineering, IT or architecture. But the number splits along gender lines, with 21.4% of boys choosing a technical field and only 4.9% of girls doing the same. The gender gap reappears at the collegiate level. Despite the fact that 59% of graduates are women, the number drops to 33% in the fields of engineering and construction. The imbalance flips in the health and nursing field. Among 15-year-olds, 15.3% of girls foresaw a career in the health workforce while only 7.9% of boys did. At the university level, 69% of all healthcare graduates are men, the report said.

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