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Occupations

Leading Occupations for Women

Text Version of 20 Leading occupations for employed women, 2012

Text Version of 20 Leading occupations for employed women, 2012.

Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 2012

Occupation

2012

Total
employed

Percent women of total employed

2012
Median
Pay
(Annual)

Total, 16 years and over

142,469

47

$39,936

 

 

 

 

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons

122

0.1

$44,950

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers

129

0.3

$37,920

Mining machine operators

65

0.3

$46,810

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

316

0.5

$42,320

Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers

50

0.5

$35,060

First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

64

0.5

$68,210

Tool and die makers

56

0.8

$47,000

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

194

1

$43,820

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

867

1.2

$36,610

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

348

1.3

$41,870

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

534

1.3

$49,140

Small engine mechanics

56

1.4

$32,640

Highway maintenance workers

108

1.5

$35,260

Roofers

196

1.5

$35,290

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

153

1.6

$55,230

Carpenters

1,223

1.6

$39,940

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

340

1.6

$43,640

Automotive body and related repairers

140

1.8

$37,680

Electricians

692

1.8

$49,840

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

87

1.8

$26,410

Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics

454

1.9

$48,690

Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers

150

2.2

$40,590

Maintenance and repair workers, general

442

2.2

$35,210

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

110

2.4

$63,250

Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers

68

2.7

$35,830

First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

634

2.8

$59,700

Structural iron and steel workers

65

2.8

$46,140

Construction laborers

1,387

2.9

$29,160

Firefighters

295

3.4

$45,250

Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers

205

3.6

$36,620

Machinists

397

3.8

$40,910

Crane and tower operators

62

4

$47,290

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

129

4.1

$98,410

Surveying and mapping technicians

77

4.3

$39,670

Helpers, construction trades

53

4.5

$29,160

Mechanical engineers

288

4.5

$80,580

Other extraction workers

75

4.5

$38,810

Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

72

4.5

$42,760

Sheet metal workers

123

4.6

$43,290

Pest control workers

73

4.7

$30,060

Telecommunications line installers and repairers

177

4.8

$51,410

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

593

4.8

$34,720

Grounds maintenance workers

1,298

5.1

$23,970

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

3,201

5.4

$27,530

Painters, construction and maintenance

485

5.5

$35,190

Stationary engineers and boiler operators

121

5.5

$53,560

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

52

5.6

$54,700

Radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers

158

5.8

$54,530

First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

292

5.9

$60,250

Construction managers

983

6.4

$82,790

Millwrights

53

6.4

$45,840

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

54

6.6

$31,620

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

106

6.6

$32,930

Industrial truck and tractor operators

537

7.4

$30,220

First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

281

7.6

$42,160

Construction and building inspectors

118

7.8

$53,450

Computer network architects

127

8.1

$91,000

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators

108

8.4

$41,200

Computer control programmers and operators

67

8.4

$38,550

Aerospace engineers

119

9

$103,720

Electrical and electronics engineers

335

9

$89,630

Automotive and watercraft service attendants

94

9.2

$20,140

Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers

296

10.7

$36,620

Architectural and engineering managers

120

10.9

$124,870

Parking lot attendants

81

11.6

$19,540

Cost estimators

114

11.7

$58,860

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

657

12.6

$55,270

Engineers, all other

359

13.2

$92,030

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

336

13.2

$22,820

Motor vehicle operators, all other

63

13.3

$26,930

Parts salespersons

106

13.3

$29,550

Civil engineers

358

13.7

$79,340

First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

50

14.1

$43,660

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers

100

15

$33,870

Computer hardware engineers

91

15.1

$100,920

Information security analysts

52

15.1

$86,170

Painting workers

150

15.1

$32,850

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

315

15.2

$19,850

First-line supervisors of police and detectives

112

15.2

$78,270

Couriers and messengers

213

15.5

$25,440

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

287

15.6

$81,830

Precision instrument and equipment repairers

60

16

$52,270

Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders

68

16.2

$44,720

Engineering technicians, except drafters

395

16.3

$59,440

Drafters

149

16.6

$49,630

Printing press operators

201

17.2

$34,100

Industrial production managers

261

17.6

$89,190

Chemical engineers

71

17.7

$94,350

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

903

18.5

$24,020

Dishwashers

271

18.7

$18,460

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

1,849

18.7

$23,890

Industrial engineers, including health and safety

197

18.8

$78,860

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

87

18.9

$29,690

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

711

18.9

$21,080

Cutting workers

67

19.2

$31,430

First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

808

19.5

$54,040

Metal workers and plastic workers, all other

375

19.5

$31,060

Software developers, applications and systems software

1,084

19.7

$93,350

Clergy

408

20.5

$44,060

Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors

57

21.4

$46,280

Chefs and head cooks

403

21.5

$42,480

Barbers

109

21.9

$22,770

Chiropractors

58

22.3

$66,160

Computer programmers

480

22.5

$74,280

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

311

23

$28,490

Supervisors of transportation and material moving workers

200

23

$45,180

Architects, except naval

195

23.5

$73,090

Announcers

50

23.6

$27,750

Dentists

167

24.2

$149,310

Computer occupations, all other

341

24.4

$79,930

Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

944

24.5

$69,300

First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

1,151

24.7

$70,060

Detectives and criminal investigators

160

24.8

$56,980

Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges

68

25

$20,050

Network and computer systems administrators

226

25

$72,560

Source: BLS, CPS, Employed Persons by Detailed Occupation, Sex, Race, and Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity
http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm

Wage data from BLS, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2022

Text Version of Median weekly earnings for the 20 leading occupations for employed women, 2012.

Text Version of Women in the labor force by age.

Highest-Paying Occupations for Women

Text Version of 20 Highest-Paying Occupations for Employed Women, 2012.

Text Version of Labor Force Participation Rates by Sex and Race or Hispanic Ethnicity, 1972-2012

In-Demand Occupations

Selected In-Demand Occupations, 2010-2020 Projections

Occupation Name

Projected Growth Rate 2010-2020[1]

Projected Growth Number (new jobs in thousands) 2010-2020[2]

Median Annual Earnings (2012)[3]

Typical Education Level for Entry[4]

Percent of Women Employed (2011)[5]

Accountants and auditors

15.70%

190.7

$63,550

Bachelor's

60%

Brickmasons and blockmasons

40.00%

41.8

$46,440

High School

0%

Cargo and freight agents

29.00%

24.1

$39,720

High School

26%

Carpenters

19.60%

196

$39,940

High School

1%

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

35.00%

50.1

$35,760

High School

0%

Cost estimators

36.00%

67.5

$58,860

Bachelor's

11%

Database Administrators

31.00%

33.9

$77,080

Bachelor's

39%

Dental hygienists

38.00%

68.5

$70,210

Associate's

98%

Elementary school teachers, except special ed

16.80%

248.8

$53,400

Bachelor's

80%

Healthcare social workers

34.00%

51.2

$49,830

Bachelor's

81%

Heating, Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers

34.00%

90.3

$43,640

Post-secondary

1%

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

20.60%

330.1

$38,200

High School

5%

Interpreters and translators

42.00%

24.6

$45,430

Bachelor's

68%

Licensed practical and vocational nurses

22.40%

168.5

$41,540

Post-secondary

92%

Market research analysts and marketing specialists

41.00%

116.6

$60,300

Bachelor's

57%

Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

36.00%

36.4

$76,980

Doctoral or Professional

53%

Meeting, convention, and event planners

44.00%

31.3

$45,810

Bachelor's

77%

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

31.00%

39.5

$39,980

Bachelor's

81%

Mental health counselors

36%

43.6

$40,080

Master's

71%

Occupational therapist

33.00%

36.4

$75,400

Master's

92%

Personal Financial Advisors

32.00%

66.4

$67,520

Bachelor's

31%

Physical therapists

39.00%

77.4

$79,860

Master's

72%

Physical therapists assistants

46.00%

30.8

$52,160

Associate's

70%

Physician Assistants

30.00%

24.7

$90,930

Master's

67%

Physicians and surgeons

24.40%

168.3

$187,200

Doctoral or Professional

36%

Postsecondary teachers

17.40%

305.7

$62,390

Doctoral or Professional

48%

Registered Nurses

26.00%

711.9

$65,470

Associate's

91%

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

15.60%

223.4

$54,230

High School

27%

Software Developers, Systems Software

32.00%

127.2

$99,000

Bachelor's

22%


[1],[2],[4] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment Projections Program. Table 1.7. "Occupational employment and job openings data, projected 2010-20, and worker characteristics, 2010."

[3] Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment Statistics. "May 2012 Occupational Profiles." http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm

[5] U.S. Census Bureau. 2011 American Community Survey. Note: The percentages for employment by gender come from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides data on occupations based on a modified version of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system that contains less detail tan the occupations from the Employment Projections program and the Occupational Employment Statistics used in this analysis. Some detailed occupations included in this analysis therefore have employment by gender percentages corresponding with ACS occupations that may group two or more detailed occupations.