Bad news for office workers, the World’s manliest professions revealed. People with problem solving abilities, who work outside and in uniform are most likely to be seen as very manly, according to new research into masculinity in the workplace, with marine engineers considered to be the manliest of all, among their peers.
- Marine engineering is the most manly profession, according to new research
- Soldiers, blacksmiths and mechanics also rated as “extremely manly”
- Problem solving ability is the most manly professional quality
- Only one office-based role in manly jobs top ten
- Fewer than 1 in 10 said salary influenced their perceptions of someone’s professional manliness
- Women occupy 1 in 5 roles in manliest professions
A poll* of over 1,000 UK adults found the marine industry, with its high danger levels, harsh weather and solitude, was viewed as the manliest industry with 92% ranking it as either “very manly” or “extremely manly.” Engineering was perceived to be the manliest job, with 88% of respondents rating it as either “very manly” or “extremely manly.”
Manliest jobs and industries
|Manliest industries||Manliest jobs||Gender split in these jobs – ***|
|1. Marine and fishinng||1. Engineer||Male – 94%Female – 6%|
|2. Military and defence||2. Infantry soldier||Male 91%Female – 9%|
|3. Conservation||3. Blacksmith||Male 91%Female – 9%|
|4. Construction||4. Motor mechanic||Male 91%Female – 9%|
|5. Intelligence||5. Chef||Male – 66%Female – 33%|
|6. Secuirty||6. Butcher||Male – 66%Female – 33%|
|7. Aviation||7. Private security contractor (bodyguards, door supervisors, night watchmen)||Male – 58%Female – 42%|
|8.Agriculture||8. Arboriculturist (tree surgeon, lumberjack)||Male – 76%Female 24%|
|9. Brewing||9. Surgeon||Male – 91%Female 9%|
|10. Medicine||10. Intelligence analyst||data unavailable|
The research, conducted by workwear manufacturer Stormline, found that over half of the most manly jobs were outdoor-based, while over two thirds (70%) were predominantly or entirely manual roles, including blacksmiths, mechanics, chefs and butchers. Intelligence analysts were the only office-based professionals in the top ten.
What makes a profession manly?
When asked to rank the quality that most made a profession seem manly, over a third (34%) selected problem solving. Men were more likely than women to view harsh working conditions as a sign of a manly job, while women were more likely to view uniform and specialist workwear as a marker of manliness.
|What makes a job manly?||Percentage of people ranking it as manliest quality|
|Problem solving ability||34%|
|Harshness of working conditions||22%|
|Specialist uniform or workwear||21%|
|High danger levels||14%|
Regan McMillan, spokesman for Stormline, who conducted the research, said: “Most of our customers who work in the marine and fishing industry are men and it’s fair to say the majority fit the stereotype of manliness.
“Marine work is harsh, lonely and dangerous, so you do need a degree of toughness to do it for a long time, but I’ve met plenty of women who fit the bill too, despite stereotypes suggesting it’s a man’s game.
“Any job that puts you at the mercy of the elements requires a degree of toughness and that can often translate to ‘manliness’ in people’s minds, even though women are often more than a match for men in these roles.
“We commissioned this research to examine perceptions of manliness in the workplace and it did throw up the odd surprise.”