Most Common Occupations for Women in the Labor Force

Occupation Number of women
Registered nurses 2,186,697
Elementary and middle school teachers 1,657,028
Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive 1,577,156
Managers, all other 1,341,712
Customer service representatives 1,285,061
First-Line supervisors of retail sales workers 1,150,159
Nursing assistants 851,297
Accountants and auditors 845,590
Cashiers 744,722
Receptionists and information clerks 709,032
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 709,004
Office clerks, general 691,191
Maids and housekeeping cleaners 680,228
Financial managers 673,688
Retail salespersons 654,988
Personal care aides 620,734
First-Line supervisors of office and administrative support workers 616,922
Human resources workers 542,871
Preschool and kindergarten teachers 525,800
Secondary school teachers 521,717
Education and childcare administrators 516,036
Cooks 497,042
Teaching assistants 492,318
Social workers, all other 484,979
Waiters and waitresses 482,214

Note: Full-time, year-round civilian employed 16 years and older. Occupations with at least 100 sample observations.
Data: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2019
Graphic: U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau