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What are the top masculine-biased words used in job descriptions?

Knowing if you have masculine vs. feminine job descriptions is a hot topic these days. Most companies want to hire more women.

This week, I used Ongig’s Text Analyzer software (the tool for gender bias in job descriptions) to find out.

I had Text Analyzer review 48,246 random job descriptions from U.S.-based companies of all sizes.

Note: Text Analyzer has a proprietary masculine vocabulary library culled from social science and artificial intelligence research that flags masculine and feminine words like those shown below. 

masculine job description

Above is an example of masculine gender bias in a job description analyzed by Ongig’s Text Analyzer. The red underlined words are masculine words and the pop-up includes gender-neutral synonyms. 


Below is the list of the top 10 masculine words we found in the 48,246 job descriptions analyzed:

Top 10 Masculine Words Used in Job Descriptions

  1. strong
  2. drive
  3. lead
  4. analysis
  5. analytical
  6. driving
  7. individuals
  8. proven
  9. workforce
  10. decisions


Gender-Neutral Alternatives for the Top 10 Masculine Words in Job Descriptions

Ongig’s Text Analyzer also includes gender-neutral synonym recommendations so I’ve included those in parentheses below.

  1. strong (sound, steady, excellent, solid)
  2. drive (energy, inspiration, guide, steer, push, run, deliver, energize, inspire)
  3. lead (head, top person, manager, run, head up, manage, steer, grow, pioneer)
  4. analysis (investigation, study, test, testing, research, data)
  5. analytical (systematic, thorough, thoughtful,deductive, statistical, data)
  6. driving (motivating, energizing, inspiring, guiding, steering, pushing, running, delivering)
  7. individuals (people)
  8. proven (established, known, demonstrated, reliable, successful, trusted, tested)
  9. workforce (teams, workers, members)
  10. decisions (choices, conclusions, judgments, moves, outcomes, steps, actions)

Try using the gender-neutral synonyms above for your job descriptions. That’ll go a long way towards eliminating masculine job descriptions/bias.


Why I wrote this?

Ongig is on a mission to transform job descriptions. If you want to remove gender bias in your job descriptions, and are hiring at least 100 people per year, please reach out to us about Text Analyzer. We’re happy to show you other masculine job description examples. Just click the demo request button on this page or email us at friends@ongig.com. Thanks!

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