TABLE 2-8 Distribution of Older Workers Across Major Occupational Categories

 

Employed Workers Age 16 and Older

Employed Workers Age 45 and Older

Industry

Totala

Percent

Totala

Femalea

Malea

Professional specialty

21,610

16.0

8,490

4,530

3,970

Technicians

4,490

3.3

1,410

750

660

Sales

16,090

11.9

5,480

2,550

2,930

Administrative support

18,890

14.0

6,970

5,630

1,340

Private household service

820

0.06

310

290

20

Protective service

2,360

1.7

790

160

630

Other services

15,270

11.3

4,400

3,010

1,390

Precision production/craft/repair

14,670

10.9

5,110

500

4,610

Machine operators, assemblers, inspectors

6,910

5.1

2,480

1,080

1,400

Transportation and material moving

5,630

4.2

2,180

220

1,960

Handlers, helpers, laborers

5,220

3.9

1,190

330

860

Farming/forestry/fishing

3,020

2.2

1,270

300

970

aNumbers in thousands.

SOURCE: CPS March 2001.

requiring physical skills—production/craft/repair—while the fourth important category for females is service-related-other services.

Proportionate distribution of older workers. What proportion of workers within a given occupation are older workers? Proportional employment data for workers over age 45 in 2001 are provided, stratified by major occupational category, in Table A-5 using the same CPS survey data for March 2001. Table A-5 shows the percentage of all employed persons who are older workers employed in the occupation, the percentage of all older workers employed in the given occupation, and the percentage of all workers in a given occupation who are older workers.

Focusing on the overall older worker population, two of the four proportionately largest occupations for older workers—executive/administrative/managerial and professional specialty categories—are the same that were seen when numbers of older workforce were examined (Table 2-8). The other proportionately large categories are transportation and material moving, and farming/forestry/fishing. Stratified by sex, evidence for occupation segregation is again present—there are no overlapping categories. Females apparently make up an important proportion of one of the four largest occupational groups for older workers—professional specialty—



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