If you want a husband who shares housework more equitably, marry a nurse, a teacher or hair stylist--or someone who's in a female-focused career.
Men in predominantly female jobs will perform 25 percent more household chores than a partner who works in a male-dominated profession like an electrician or engineer, a new study (PDF) of heterosexual couples from a Notre Dame professor shows.
Even single men in these careers spend more hours cooking and cleaning, said Elizabeth Aura McClintock, PhD, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame who studies modern romance and its effects on careers.
Male-dominated professions are those where women hold fewer than 25 percent of the jobs; female dominated are 76 percent or more female and McClintock estimated that almost 60 percent of men still work in one.
The reverse is true too, but less pronounced: Women in female-dominated jobs will do 14 percent more household chores than women in male-dominated fields. But women reduce the amount of housework as their husband's job composition becomes more heavily female. So an IT manager working for an engineering firm (highly male) could find his wife spends less time making dinner or washing clothes if he moves to managing a school district's technology department.