This week a research assistant at Michigan State University made a visualization of a recent survey from the Educational Testing Service that reported the average IQ of college Majors based on the tests (they’ve) administered. The interesting thing happened when these findings were charted not only with IQ by major, but also how female dominated that major is.
Why are female dominated majors also the ones with the lowest average IQ?
Let's bring this home guys. Personally I've always wondered why there are more males in departments like maths, physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science (High IQ Majors) than females. And more females in departments like nursing, education, health professions, social work etc (Low IQ Majors) than males. I wondered if :
it is just a natural inclination of men to gravitate towards sciences and more intellectually/mentally tasking courses, and the natural inclination of women to gravitate towards courses where they use their 'maternal' or caring and nurturing instincts more.
could it be that men are more interested in or capable of dealing with the great pressure that's inherent in these courses and women would rather go for courses with lower pressure
are men just more intelligent than women?
Actually the last option is the least likely. In fact research and statistics have shown that men are not more intelligent than women. The graph isn't saying that women have lower IQ,
It is saying the majors women choose are filled with people with a lower average IQ than the majors men choose. So what could be the reason for this? Why do men dominate the High IQ Majors and Women Dominate the Low IQ Majors?
Notice that several courses have been left out and the focus is on courses at two different ends of a spectrum, deliberately leaving out those in between. It's not my personal opinion that those courses I've mentioned are for people with either high IQs or low IQs, 'High IQ majors' and 'Low IQ majors' is what the researchers called them, not me.
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