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Nontraditional Occupations1 For Women in 2009
(Numbers in thousands)
     
Employed
Employed
Percent
Occupation
Both Sexes
Female
Female
       
Chief executives 1,631              408              25             
Network systems and data
    communications analysts 401              99              24.7             
Drafters 149              37              24.7             
First-line supervisors/managers
    of correctional officers 50              12              24             
Butchers and other meat, poultry and
    fish processing workers 302              69              22.8             
Supervisors, transportation and material
    moving workers 221              50              22.6             
Network and computer systems administrators 207              46              22.3             
Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges 74              16              22.2             
Printing machine operators 155              44              21.9             
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers 942              206              21.9             
Supervisors, protective service workers, all other 102              22              21.7             
Dishwashers 263              55              20.9             
Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 284              59              20.8             
Chefs and head cooks 348              72              20.7             
Computer software engineers 952              192              20.2             
Computer programmers 498              101              20.2             
Engineering technicians, except drafters 365              71              19.6             
Chiropractors 58              11              19.6             
Barbers 93              17              18.6             
Miscellaneous agricultural workers 681              172              18.6             
Chemical engineers 65              12              18.4             
Surveyors, cartographers, and photographers 53              10              18.2             
First-line supervisors/managers of production
and operating workers 739              134              18.1             
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers 226              39              17.5             
Couriers and messengers 225              45              17.5             
Industrial engineers, including health and safety 186              32              17.4             
Laborers and freight, stock, and material
    movers, hand 1,707              294              17.2             
Clergy 427              72              17             
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 234              38              16.4             
Industrial production managers 240              39              16.4             
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 714              111              15.5             
Precision instrument and equipment repairers 58              9              15.4             
First-line supervisors/managers of police
    and detectives 91              13              14.7             
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 377              55              14.6             
Engineers, all others 346              48              13.8             
Parts salespersons 102              13              13.2             
Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing,
    and blending workers 108              14              13.1             
Service station attendants 89              12              13             
Computer, automated teller, and
    office machine repairers 329              43              13             
Parking lot attendants 84              18              11.8             
Cost estimators 117              13              11.4             
Announcers 52              6              11.2             
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 316              35              11.2             
Painting workers 153              16              10.4             
Computer control programmers and operators 64              6              9.8             
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians
    and radio operators 93              8              9.4             
Electrical and electronics engineers 314              29              9.4             
Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers 195              17              8.8             
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics,
    installers, and repairers 342              30              8.7             
Computer hardware engineers 61              5              8.6             
Transportation inspectors 54              5              8.6             
Radio and telecommunications equipment
    and installers repairers 179              15              8.3             
Engineering managers 124              10              8.1             
First-line supervisors/managers of fire
    fighting and preventing workers 54              4              7.3             
Civil engineers 338              24              7.1             
Industrial truck and tractor operators 507              35              6.9             
Painters, construction and maintenance 552              38              6.9             
Construction and building inspectors 99              6              6.3             
Aerospace engineers 136              8              6.1             
Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators 50              3              6             
Motor vehicle operators, all other 61              4              5.9             
Mechanical engineers 302              18              5.9             
Motor vehicle operators, all others 61              4              5.9             
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 50              3              5.9             
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and
    system operators 72              4              5.8             
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 83              5              5.8             
Machinists 372              20              5.4             
Grounds maintenance workers 1,178              62              5.3             
Surveying and mapping technicians 80              6              5.2             
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers 3,151              163              5.2             
First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping,
    lawn service, and grounds keeping workers 263              13              5             
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers 492              18              4             
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 142              5              3.8             
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters 50              2              3.7             
First-line supervisors/managers or construction
    trades and extraction workers 734              27              3.7             
Helpers, construction trades 64              2              3.7             
Structural iron and steel workers 63              2              3.7             
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 183              7              3.7             
Pest control workers 55              2              3.5             
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics 418              15              3.5             
Construction managers 1,099              65              3.5             
Security and fire alarm systems installers 71              2              3.5             
Fire fighters 284              10              3.4             
Millwrights 54              2              2.9             
Other extraction workers 55              2              2.8             
Construction laborers 1,427              38              2.7             
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 98              3              2.7             
Maintenance and repair workers, general 415              11              2.6             
Sheet metal workers 132              3              2.5             
Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment
    mechanics, installers, and repairers 91              2              2.4             
Carpet, floor, and tile installer and finisher 223              5              2.3             
Highway maintenance workers 108              2              2.3             
Locomotive engineers and operators 57              1              2.2             
Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers 170              4              2.2             
Electricians 776              17              2.2             
Mining machine operators 54              1              2             
Insulation workers 875              9              1.9             
Automotive service technicians 799              14              1.8             
Electronic home entertainment equipment
    installers and repairers 1,264              20              1.6             
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service
    technicians and mechanics 223              4              1.6             
Automotive body and related repairers 163              2              1.5             
Carpenters 1,562              24              1.5             
Operating engineers and other construction
    equipment operators 377              6              1.5             
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 126              2              1.3             
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 536              7              1.3             
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 126              2              1.3             
Crane and tower operators 61              1              1.1             
Structural iron and steel workers 77              1              0.9             
Tool and die makers 54              1              0.9             
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 330              3              0.8             
Heating, air conditioning, refrigeration
    mechanics and installers 376              3              0.7             
Logging workers 59             
<1             
0.7             
Cement masons, concrete finishers, and
    terrazzo workers 74             
<1             
0.6             
Small engine mechanics 58             
<1             
0.5             
Roofers 216              1              0.5             
Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons 151             
<1             
0.1             

Data not shown where base (total employed, both sexes) is less than 50,000.

1Nontraditional occupations are those in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employed.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2009.

Women’s Bureau
April 2010