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Top Occupations

Today’s job market consists of occupations that are dominated by women. Nine out of 10 registered nurses are female, and careers in social work, counseling and human resource management are also highly concentrated by women. While some stereotypes still exist, the residential service industry has become more and more women friendly. And in the trades, there’s a female advantage given the amount of interaction with consumers that’s required, many of them women. Here’s a closer look at occupations in the U.S. that are female dominated, according to data from the United States Department of Labor.

•Registered nurses: 91%
•Elementary and middle school teachers: 81%
•Social workers: 80%
•Psychologists: 66%
•Public relations managers: 60%
•Veterinarians: 56%

Women as Bosses?

According to, there are some advantages of having a female boss. Women tend to be more sympathetic and understanding, especially if an employee is going on maternity leave. Females are also said to be more approachable than male bosses, as women are acknowledged as being empathetic and overall better communicators. Women are said to have more creative career paths than men, rising through the ranks by doing the actual work well. As a result, women understand and acknowledge their staff for performing well.

Women in the Trades

The urgent need for skilled workers in the plumbing, HVAC, and electric industries creates opportunities for women to enter and advance in these fields. Increasing the overall number of women working in the trades will also help to fill the gap in the labor force that will be created with a record-level of upcoming retirements of skilled tradespeople. Jobs in the trades further offer women the chance for meaningful work with high wages. A woman can expect to earn 20 to 30 percent more in a skilled trade career.

Skilled Trade Careers Provide:
•Higher wage levels than in the many fields women traditionally enter.

•More interaction with consumers, many of them women.

•Heavy work on occasion, but in residential service this is a small part of the experience.

•Steady careers—with work throughout the year.

Bridging the Gender Pay Gap

In a 2016 study by, the company revealed that men earn more money than women in every country examined (the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France).

Based on more than 505,000 salaries shared by full-time U.S. employees on, men earn a 24.1 percent higher base pay than women on average, giving women about 76 cents per dollar that men earn. This is consistent with official sources that show women earn on average 75 to 80 cents per dollar earned by men.

However, comparing workers with similar age, education and years of experience shrinks that gap to 19.2 percent. Further, comparing workers with the same job title, employer and location, the gender pay gap in the U.S. falls to 5.4 percent (94.6 cents per dollar).


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