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Science and technology: jobs for girls and boys

Comuniqué (Onisep, France) - Stop stereotypes! Girls and boys in 3rd and 2nd year perceive science and technology jobs in almost the same way. This is shown by the results of the Harris Interactive survey published by Onisep on the occasion of the European Education Fair.

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Comuniqué (Onisep, France) - Stop stereotypes! Girls and boys in 3rd and 2nd year perceive science and technology jobs in almost the same way. This is what the results of the Harris Interactive survey published by theOnisep on the occasion of the European Education Fair.

Scientific and technological professions enjoy a good image among girls and boys
While a majority of the students questioned (56%) said they still had little knowledge of scientific and technological professions, they enjoyed a good image among 90% of all the young people questioned. Spontaneously, 3rd and 2nd year students perceive scientific and technological professions as professions of excellence but, as a priority, cite scientific professions: "researcher", "engineer", "doctor" ...

Technological professions are as much made for girls as for boys
This is what 73% thinks of girls and 70%s of boys. Ditto for scientific professions (83% for girls and 80% for boys). Thus, if girls in 3rd and 2nd year consider that there are currently few women in these professions (57% of girls think so against 49% of boys), they do not consider that they do not have the profile to exercise this type. business.

A more marked interest in boys
Boys (64% of them) are more likely to be interested in scientific and technological professions than girls (57% of them). Even if the technological professions attract more boys than girls (39% against 22%), the latter mostly prefer scientific professions (52%).

Cutting-edge professions, useful and allowing to find a job
For more than 9 out of 10 students, these scientific and technological professions appear to be "at the cutting edge of technology", they "allow discoveries to be made that are useful to society" and are "fulfilling" ... Technological professions are perceived more as " mostly manual ”and“ physically demanding ”. Boys are more likely than girls (83% against 71%) to consider that technological professions make it easy to find a job.

Study carried out by Harris Interactive via the Internet from October 31 to November 12, 2012. Sample of 800 individuals representative of 3rd and 2nd year students, from the Harris Interactive access panel. Quota method and adjustment applied to the following variables: sex, class, socio-professional category of parents, region of the interviewee and sector for 2nd year students.

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