Testosterone Linked to Women's Career Choice
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2009 12:10 PM CDT
Testosterone levels appeared to have some (but not much) effect on which careers women chose.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Women with higher testosterone levels may be more likely to seek out riskier careers, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Chicago tested the testosterone levels of 500 graduate business students, then tracked their post-graduation career moves. Ultimately 36% of women went into high-risk financial careers, and those with more testosterone were slightly more likely to be among them.

But the link is a tenuous one, researchers say. In a risk-taking game the subjects were asked to play, 94% of decisions could be explained by factors other than testosterone. And the effect higher levels may have on women doesn’t appear to hold true for men, though they were on the whole far more likely to embark on risk-taking business careers, with 57% taking that route.