This story has been updated with a comment from the company.
When it comes to love, gender stereotypes still matter.
If you’re a female physical therapist or male pilot, you could have great luck on Tinder. But not if you’re a male PT or female pilot.
According to data from Tinder provided to Quartz and compiled over the last 3 months, some of the 15 most “right-swiped” jobs for both genders include entrepreneurs, teachers, models, personal trainers and college students. Tinder users swipe right on a profile if they’re interested in someone. Pilots and physical therapists were the most popular professions for men and women, respectively.
|1. Pilot||1. Physical Therapist|
|2. Founder/Entrepreneur||2. Interior Designer|
|3. Firefighter||3. Founder/Entrepreneur|
|4. Doctor||4. PR/Communications|
|5. TV/Radio Personality||5. Teacher|
|6. Teacher||6. College Student|
|7. Engineer||7. Speech Language Pathologist|
|8. Model||8. Pharmacist|
|9. Paramedic||9. Social Media Manager|
|10. College Student||10. Model|
|11. Lawyer||11. Dental Hygienist|
|12. Personal Trainer||12. Nurse|
|13. Financial Advisor||13. Flight Attendant|
|14. Police Officer||14. Personal Trainer|
|15. Military||15. Real Estate Agent|
The data certainly fits traditional stereotypes. It implies that women are more interested in men with higher paying jobs (doctors, lawyers, financial advisor, engineer) while men are interested in women with supportive roles that pay less (interior designer, PR, nurse).
Adding professions to profiles increases users’ chances of being swiped right, said Rosette Pambakian, Tinder’s vice president of communication and branding. “It’s interesting to see how the most right-swiped jobs differ, but it’s also worth noting their similarities,” she said. Millions of users have added their job and education info on Tinder since they were added as options in Nov. 2015, she said.
Tinder users tend to skew young—according to data from Statista, 39% of users are between the ages of 16 and 24, and 41% are 25-34. That could be one of the reasons “college student” is so high on the list—it’s the tenth most right-swiped profession for men, and sixth for women.
Similarly, jobs on Tinder aren’t verified—the information is added from a user’s Facebook account instead of their LinkedIn.
Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, which is owned by IAC, went public in Nov. 2015. Match Group’s first earnings report was a bit rough, but Tinder’s growth rate continues to impress investors. It recently added Tinder Plus, a premium version with new features to jumpstart monetization.