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Nontraditional Occupations For1 Women in 2009
(Numbers in thousands)  

Occupations

Chief executives: Employed Both Sexes = 1,631; Employed Female = 408; Percent Female = 25.0

Network systems and data communications analysts: Employed Both Sexes = 401; Employed Female = 99; Percent Female = 24.7

Drafters: Employed Both Sexes = 149; Employed Female = 37; Percent Female = 24.7

First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers: Employed Both Sexes = 50; Employed Female = 12; Percent Female = 24.0

Butchers and other meat, poultry and fish processing workers: Employed Both Sexes = 302; Employed Female = 69; Percent Female = 22.8

Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers: Employed Both Sexes = 221; Employed Female = 50; Percent Female = 22.6

Network and computer systems administrators: Employed Both Sexes = 207; Employed Female = 46; Percent Female = 22.3

Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges: Employed Both Sexes = 74; Employed Female = 16; Percent Female = 22.2

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers: Employed Both Sexes 942; Employed Female = 206; Percent Female = 21.9

Printing machine operators: Employed Both Sexes = 155; Employed Female = 41; Percent Female = 21.9

Supervisors, protective service workers, all other: Employed Both Sexes = 102; Employed Female = 22; Percent Female = 21.7

Metal workers and plastic worker all other: Employed Both Sexes = 284; Employed Female = 59; Percent Female = 20.8

Chefs and head cooks: Employed Both Sexes = 348; Employed Female = 72; Percent Female = 20.7

Computer programmers: Employed Both Sexes = 498; Employed Female = 101; Percent Female = 20.2

Computer software engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 952; Employed Female = 192; Percent Female = 20.2

Dishwashers: Employed Both Sexes = 263; Employed Female = 55; Percent Female 20.9

Engineering technicians, except drafters: Employed Both Sexes = 365; Employed Female = 71; Percent Female 19.6

Chiropractors: Employed Both Sexes = 58; Employed Female = 11; Percent Female = 19.6

Barbers: Employed Both Sexes = 93; Employed Female = 17; Percent Female = 18.6

Miscellaneous agricultural workers: Employed Both Sexes = 681; Employed Female = 127; Percent Female = 18.6

Chemical engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 65; Employed Female = 12; Percent Female = 18.4

Surveyors, cartographers, and photographers: Employed Both Sexes = 53; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 18.2

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers: Employed Both Sexes = 739; Employed Female = 134; Percent Female = 18.1

Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers: Employed Both Sexes = 226; Employed Female = 39; Percent Female = 17.5

Couriers and messengers: Employed Both Sexes = 255; Employed Female = 45; Percent Female = 17.5

Industrial engineers, including health and safety: Employed Both Sexes = 186; Employed Female = 32; Percent Female = 17.4

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand: Employed Both Sexes = 1,707; Employed Female = 294; Percent Female = 17.2

Clergy: Employed Both Sexes = 427; Employed Female = 72; Percent Female = 17.0

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers: Employed Both Sexes = 234; Employed Female = 38; Percent Female 16.4

Industrial production managers: Employed Both Sexes = 240; Employed Female = 39; Percent Female = 16.4

Police and sheriff’s patrol officers: Employed Both Sexes = 714; Employed Female = 111; Percent Female = 15.5

First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives: Employed Both Sexes = 91; Employed Female = 13; Percent Female = 14.7

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: Employed Both Sexes = 377; Employed Female = 55; Percent Female = 14.6

Precision instrument and equipment repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 55; Employed Female = 8; Percent Female = 14.2

Engineers, all others: Employed Both Sexes = 346; Employed Female = 48; Percent Female = 13.8

Parts salespersons: Employed Both Sexes = 102; Employed Female = 13; Percent Female = 13.2

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers: Employed Both Sexes = 108; Employed Female = 14; Percent Female = 13.1

Service station attendants: Employed Both Sexes = 89; Employed Female = 12; Percent Female = 13.0

Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 329; Employed Female 43; Percent = 13.0

Parking lot attendants: Employed Both Sexes = 84; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 11.8

Cost estimators: Employed Both Sexes = 117; Employed Female = 13; Percent Female = 11.4

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment: Employed Both Sexes = 316; Employed Female = 35; Percent Female = 11.2

Announcers: Employed Both Sexes = 52; Employed Female; 6; Percent Female = 11.2

Painting workers: Employed Both Sexes = 153; Employed Female = 16; Percent Female 10.4

Computer control programmers and operators: Employed Both Sexes = 64; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 9.8

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators: Employed Both Sexes = 93; Employed Female = 8; Percent Female = 9.4

Electrical and electronics engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 314; Employed Female = 29; Percent Female = 9.4

Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers: Employed Both Sexes = 195; Employed Female = 17; Percent Female = 8.8

First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 342; Employed Female = 30; Percent Female = 8.7

Computer hardware engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 61; Employed Female 5; Percent Female – 8.6

Transportation inspectors: Employed Both Sexes = 54; Employed Female = 5; Percent Female 8.6

Radio and telecommunications equipment and installers repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 179; Employed Female = 15; Percent Female = 8.3

Engineering managers: Employed Both Sexes = 124; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 8.1

First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and preventing workers: Employed Both Sexes = 54; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 7.3

Civil engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 338; Employed Female = 24; Percent Female = 7.1

Industrial truck and tractor operators: Employed Both Sexes = 507; Employed Female = 35; Percent Female = 6.9

Painters, construction and maintenance: Employed Both Sexes = 552; Employed Female = 38; Percent Female = 6.9

Construction and building inspectors: Employed Both Sexes = 99; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 6.3

Aerospace engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 136; Employed Female = 8; Percent Female = 6.1

Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators: Employed Both Sexes = 50; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 6.0

Motor vehicle operators, all other: Employed Both Sexes = 61; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 5.9

Mechanical engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 302; Employed Female = 18; Percent Female = 5.9

Railroad conductors and yardmasters: Employed Both Sexes = 50; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 5.9

Refuse and recyclable material collectors: Employed Both Sexes = 83; Employed Female = 5; Percent Female = 5.8

Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators: Employed Both Sexes = 72; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 5.8

Machinists: Employed Both Sexes = 372; Employed Female = 20; Percent Female = 5.4

Grounds maintenance workers: Employed Both Sexes = 1,178; Employed Female = 62; Percent Female = 5.3

Surveying and mapping technicians: Employed Both Sexes = 80; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 5.2

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers: Employed Both Sexes = 3,151; Employed Female = 163; Percent Female = 5.2

First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and grounds keeping workers: Employed Both Sexes = 263; Employed Female = 13; Percent Female = 5.0

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers: Employed Both Sexes = 459; Employed Female = 18; Percent Female = 4.0

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians: Employed Both Sexes = 142; Employed Female = 5; Percent Female = 3.8

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters: Employed Both Sexes = 50; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 3.7

Telecommunications line installers and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 183; Employed Female = 7; Percent Female = 3.7

Helpers, construction trades: Employed Both Sexes = 64; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 3.7

First-line supervisors/managers or construction trades and extraction workers: Employed Both Sexes = 735; Employed Female = 27; Percent Female = 3.7

Structural iron and steel workers: Employed Both Sexes = 63; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 3.7

Construction managers: Employed Both Sexes = 1,099; Employed Female = 65; Percent 5.9

Pest control workers: Employed Both Sexes = 55; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 3.5

Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 418; Employed Female = 15; Percent Female = 3.5

Security and fire alarm systems installers: Employed Both Sexes = 71; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 3.5

Fire fighters: Employed Both Sexes = 284; Employed Female = 10; Percent Female = 3.4

Millwrights: Employed Both Sexes = 54; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 2.9

Construction laborers: Employed Both Sexes = 1,427; Employed Female = 38; Percent Female = 2.7

Stationary engineers and boiler operators: Employed Both Sexes = 98; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 2.7

Maintenance and repair workers, general: Employed Both Sexes = 415; Employed Female =11; Percent Female = 2.6

Sheet metal workers: Employed Both Sexes = 132; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 2.5

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 91; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 2.4

Carpet, floor, and tile installer and finisher: Employed Both Sexes = 223; Employed Female 5; Percent Female = 2.3

Highway maintenance workers: Employed Both Sexes = 108; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 2.3

Locomotive engineers and operators: Employed Both Sexes = 57; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 2.2

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers: Employed Both Sexes = 170; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 2.2 Electricians: Employed Both Sexes = 776; Employed Female = 17; Percent Female = 2.2

Mining machine operators: Employed Both Sexes = 54; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 2.0

Insulation workers: Employed Both Sexes = 874; Employed Female = 9; Percent Female = 1.9

Automotive service technicians and mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 799; Employed Female = 14; Percent Female = 1.8

Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 64; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 7

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 223; Employed Female = 4; Percent Female = 1.6

Carpenters: Employed Both Sexes = 1,264; Employed Female = 20; Percent Female = 1.6

Automotive body and related repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 163; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.5

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators: Employed Both Sexes = 377; Employed Female = 6; Percent Female = 1.5

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers: Employed Both Sexes = 126; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.3

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters: Employed Both Sexes = 536; Employed Female = 7; Percent Female = 1.3

Electrical power-line installers and repairers: Employed Both Sexes = 126; Employed Female = 2; Percent Female = 1.3

Crane and tower operators: Employed Both Sexes = 61; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 1.1

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists: Employed Both Sexes = 330; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 0.8

Tool and die makers: Employed Both Sexes = 54; Employed Female = <1; Percent Female = 0.8

Heating, air conditioning, refrigeration mechanics and installers: Employed Both Sexes = 376; Employed Female = 3; Percent Female = 0.7 Logging workers: Employed Both Sexes = 59; Employed Female = <1; Percent Female = 0.7

Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers: Employed Both Sexes = 74; Employed Female = <1; Percent Female = 0.6

Small engine mechanics: Employed Both Sexes = 58; Employed Female = <1; Percent Female = 0.5

Roofers: Employed Both Sexes = 216; Employed Female = 1; Percent Female = 0.5

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons: Employed Both Sexes = 151; Employed Female = <1; Percent Female = 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,
Employment and Earnings, Annual Averages 2009.

Women’s Bureau
March 2010