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Nontraditional Occupations1 of Employed Women2 in 2010
(Numbers in thousands)
Total
Total
Employed
Employed
Percent
Occupation
(Both Sexes)
Women
Female
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing 1,284        321        25.0       
Farmers and ranchers 713        175.4        24.6       
Architects, except naval 184        44.9        24.4       
Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers 263        61.5        23.4       
Cutting workers 67        15.5        23.2       
Detectives and criminal investigators 159        36.2        22.8       
Computer programmers 470        103.4        22       
Printing machine operators 162        34.8        21.5       
Drafters 143        30.6        21.4       
Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers 331        70.2        21.2       
Dishwashers 246        51.9        21.1       
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and
  tenders, metal and plastic 78        16.5        21.1       
Computer software engineers 1,026        214.4        20.9       
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers 993        206.5        20.8       
Chiropractors 57        11.5        20.2       
Industrial engineers 159        31.8        20       
Chefs and head cooks 337        64        19       
Miscellaneous agricultural workers 691        129.9        18.8       
Metal workers and plastic workers, all other 337        61        18.1       
First-line supervisors/managers of production 
  and operating workers 702        127.1        18.1       
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers 237        42.9        18.1       
Announcers 52        9.4        18       
Barbers 96        17.2        17.9       
Grounds maintenance workers 1,195        69.3        5.8       
Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges 77        13.8        17.9       
Chemical processing machine setters, operators,
   and tenders 58        10.3        17.7       
Molders and molding machine setters, operators, and tenders,
     metal and plastic 55        9.7        17.6       
Clergy 429        75.1        17.5       
Chemical engineers 63        11        17.4       
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,700        295.8        17.4       
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 278        48.4        17.4       
Job printers 50        8.6        17.3       
Network and computer systems administrators 229        37.8               16.5       
Motor vehicle operators, all other 54        8.5        15.8       
Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers 90        14.1        15.7       
Couriers and messengers 270        41.6        15.4       
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 103        15.9        15.4       
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 333        49.9        15       
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 390        56.2        14.4       
Precision instrument and equipment repairers 73        10.1        13.8       
Service station attendants 77        10.4        13.5       
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 714        92.8        13       
Engineering technicians, except drafters 374        49.4        13.2       
Engineers, all other 334        43.1        12.9       
Parts salespersons 129        16.1        12.5       
Cost estimators 115        13.3        11.6       
Computer, automated teller, and office machine
  repairers 305        33.5        11       
Surveying and mapping technicians 61        6.6        10.9       
Aerospace engineers 126        13.6        10.8       
Computer hardware engineers 70        7.2        10.3       
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians & radio
  operators 102        10.1        9.9       
Civil engineers 318        30.8        9.7       
Radio and telecommunications equipment installers
  and repairers 166        15.1        9.1       
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool
  setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 54        4.9        9       
Construction and building inspectors 104        9        8.7       
Material moving workers, all other 59        5.1        8.7       
Home appliance repairers 53        4.3        8.1       
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 80        6.3        7.9       
Painting workers 139        11        7.9       
Engineering managers 113        8.7        7.7       
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 124        0.5        0.4       
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 163        12.2        7.5       
First-line supervisors, managers of landscaping, lawn
  service, and grounds keeping service 229        16.7        7.3       
Electrical and electronic engineers 307        22.1        7.2       
Painters, construction and maintenance 578        41.6        7.2       
Television, video, and motion picture camera
  operators and editors 54        3.9        7.2       
  & radio operators   
Construction managers 1,083        73.6        6.8       
Mechanical engineers 293        19.6        6.7       
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 58        3.8        6.5       
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics,
  installers, and repairers 381        24        6.3       
Parking lot attendants 75        4.7        6.3       
Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers 197        12.4        6.3       
Electronic home entertainment equipment
  installers and repairers 52        3.1        6       
Industrial truck and tractor operators 499        30.9        6.2       
Water and liquid waste treatment plant
  & system operators 77        4.5        5.9       
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers 479        25.9        5.4       
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 110        5.7        5.2       
Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers 3,028        139.3        4.6       
Security and fire alarm systems installers 60        2.6        4.4       
Sheet metal workers 108        4.3        4       
First-line supervisors/mangers of construction trades
  and extraction workers 659        25.7        3.9       
Machinists 408        15.9        3.9       
Computer control programmers and operators 56        2.2        3.9       
Maintenance and repair worker, general 347        13.2        3.8       
Firefighters 301        10.8        3.6       
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics 447        15.6        3.5       
Pest control workers 76        2.5        3.3       
Helpers, construction trades 60        2        3.3       
Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators 51        1.6        3.2       
Mining machine operators 60        1.8        3       
Maintenance and repair workers, general 347        13.2        2.8       
Cabinet makers and bench operators 62        1.7        2.8       
Construction laborers 1,267        34.2        2.7       
Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers 171        4.3        2.5       
Highway maintenance workers 110        2.7        2.5       
Locomotive engineers an operators 57        1.5        2.6       
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 136        3.1        2.3       
Small engine mechanics 57        1.1        2       
Stationery engineers and boiler operators 91        1.5        1.7       
Operating engineers and other construction
  equipment operators 363        5.4        1.5       
Electricians 691        10.4        1.5       
Pipe layers, plumbers, pipe fitters, and steam fitters 526        7.9        1.5       
Carpenters 1,242        17.4        1.4       
Other extraction workers 55        0.8        1.4       
Automotive body and related repairers 168        2        1.2       
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service
  technicians and mechanics 235        2.8        1.2       
Logging workers 63        0.7        1.1       
Roofers 214        2.1        1       
Tool and die makers 68        0.6        0.9       
Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment
  mechanics, installers, and repairers 99        0.8        0.8       
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine
  specialists 339        2.4        0.7       
Structural iron and rebar workers 59        0.3        0.6       
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration
  mechanics, and installers 392        2.3        0.6       
Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers 209        1        0.5       
Electrical power line installers and repairers 124        0.5        0.4       
Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo
  workers 88        0.3        0.3       
Bricklayers, block masons, and stone masons 162        0.2        0.1       
1 Nontraditional occupations are those in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employed.
2 Data not shown where total employed (both sexes) base is less 50,000.
 
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Annual Averages 2010.
Women’s Bureau
August 2010