Influence of Gender in Choosing a Career amongst Engineering Fields: A Survey Study from Turkey

TitleInfluence of Gender in Choosing a Career amongst Engineering Fields: A Survey Study from Turkey
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBucak, S., and N. Kadirgan
Secondary TitleEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
ISBN Number0304-3797
Keywordsfactors in choosing a career, Turkish, women in engineering
Abstract

The aim of this study is to understand the motivating factors behind students’ choices in their decision-making process and also get an insight on their perception of different engineering branches. A survey was prepared and the results were evaluated amongst 1163 answers. Two major influences on student’s decision in their professional choices are shown to be career services and family members. Generally, students have claimed to choose a profession based on ‘finding a job’ and ‘being happy’. Some engineering branches such as Genetic and Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Industrial Engineering, are shown to be distinctly preferred by female students, whereas mechanical, civil and electronic engineering are favourites for male students. The survey results were also compared with the distribution of male and female students in various engineering departments. This study clearly shows that certain engineering branches are perceived as more appropriate for women and are thus favoured by female students, while those perceived as more appropriate for men are favoured by male students.

URLhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03043797.2011.606499