Thursday, June 26, 2003
More Bang for Your Buck: Men Working "Women's Jobs"
Just check out the unemployment numbers. With the economy so sluggish, it's tough to find a decent job. But in tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we found many men are taking an unconventional approach. They're applying for positions previously dominated by women.
(WSVN) -- In "Meet The Parents" Ben Stiller gets teased for his choice of work. But in today's tough economy, being a male nurse is no laughing matter.
Nursing Student, Chris Paterno says, "I looked at it at first of being a second option and not something I really wanted to do, but now that I'm in it, I'm really happy and I'm really focused and committed to this."
And why not?
Most nurses can make over fifty thousand dollars right out of college.
And most of the time, they never have to pay back student loans.
Dr.Pegge Bell from Barry University, says, "There are several hospitals in our general area that are willing to provide scholarships for students. So that they get the financial support they need for tuition."
And with incentives like that you can forget the male-female thing.
"In the course of the last 20 years, the number of males entering nursing has actually doubled."
There's also no end when it comes to education.
At one point, low pay pushed many men away from teaching jobs.
But now, the desperate search for a salary has started to turn some heads.
Cindy Soellof Miami-Dade Teacher Recruitment says, "You can always consider it after you graduate. If you didn't get your first choice in profession, this could be at least a second choice and not a last resort."
James Sutton used to play football for the Miami Hurricanes.
Don't tell him teaching isn't a man's job.
Public School Teacher, James Sutton says, "Me personally, teaching is a man's job because besides the dicipline and the classroom managment, it feels good to walk into a classroom and have thirty kids looking up to you."
Plus he makes extra money on the side as the school football coach.
James says, "It's real fun. You're a teacher in the day and youre a coach by night."
The starting pay right now for teachers ranges in the mid 30's.But that can be adjusted.
Public School Teacher, Steve Samuelson says, "I think if you teach any extra classes during the year, it boosts your income 15-20%"
He adds, "Summer school can also increase your income a signifigant amount."
Plus as this former Periodontist found out, the job can also be very rewarding.
Steve says, "I feel like I've been successful in the outside world. I've done what I wanted to do and now I'm doing something I've always wanted to do."
Right now, there are still tons of teaching jobs that need to be filled in South Florida and you do not have to have an education background.
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