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Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 20031
(Numbers in thousands)

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  Employed Employed Percent
Occupation Both Sexes Female Female
       
Upholsterers 56 14 25
Farmers and ranchers 825 204 24.7
Metalworkers and plastic workers, all other 423 103 24.3
Dishwashers 294 70 23.8
Detectives and criminal investigators 112 26 23.2
Supervisors, protective service workers, all other 100 23 23
Architects, except naval 180 40 22.2
Drafters 224 49 21.9
Engineering technicians, except drafters 419 91 21.7
Coin, vending, and amusement machine      
   servicers and repairers 65 14 21.5
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives 127 27 21.3
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers 781 165 21.1
Miscellaneous agricultural workers 741 156 21
Cutting workers 95 20 21
Job printers 83 17 20.5
First-line supervisors/managers of production and      
   operating workers 939 189 20.1
Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges 85 17 20
Chefs and head cooks 281 56 19.9
Industrial engineers, including health and safety 180 35 19.4
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 1,748 321 18.4
Couriers and messengers 244 44 18
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers 206 37 18
Barbers 95 17 17.9
Printing machine operators 191 34 17.8
Industrial production managers 276 48 17.4
Surveying and mapping technicians 75 13 17.3
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine      
   tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 79 13 16.5
Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers 216 35 16.2
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 225 36 16
Meter readers, utilities 50 8 16
Service station attendants 96 15 15.6
Painting workers 177 27 15.2
Cost estimators 100 15 15
Chemical engineers 75 11 14.7
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 62 9 14.5

  Employed Employed Percent
Occupation Both Sexes Female Female
       
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 326 46 14.1
Clergy 410 57 13.9
Radio and telecommunications equipment installers      
   and repairers 251 35 13.9
Parts salespersons 137 19 13.9
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 286 39 13.6
Motor vehicle operators, all other 66 9 13.6
Precision instrument and equipment repairers 62 8 12.9
Material moving workers, all other 64 8 12.5
Police and sheriff’s patrol officers 612 76 12.4
Engineers, all other 282 35 12.4
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 296 36 12.2
Aerospace engineers 82 9 11
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and      
   forestry workers 65 7 10.8
Engineering managers 77 8 10.4
Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers 107 11 10.3
Computer hardware engineers 99 10 10.1
Sales engineers 50 5 10
Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders 72 7 9.7
Construction and building inspectors 95 9 9.5
Parking lot attendants 74 7 9.5
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators,      
   and tenders, metal and plastic 11 1 9.1
Industrial truck and tractor operators 534 46 8.6
Civil engineers 278 24 8.6
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and      
   radio operators 94 8 8.5
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers,      
   and repairers 340 28 8.2
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 63 5 7.9
Electrical and electronic engineers 363 26 7.2
Grounds maintenance workers 1,135 78 6.9
Miscellaneous construction and related workers 58 4 6.9
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers 528 36 6.8
Painting, construction and maintenance 660 44 6.7
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators 61 4 6.6
Telecommunications line installers and repairers 138 9 6.5
Pest control workers 81 5 6.2
Construction managers 680 40 5.9
Cabinet makers and bench carpenters 70 4 5.7
Railroad conductors and yardmasters 53 3 5.7

  Employed Employed Percent
Occupation Both Sexes Female Female
       
Glaziers 53 3 5.7
Mechanical engineers 285 16 5.6
Other, installation, maintenance, and repair workers 272 15 5.5
First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping,      
   lawn service, and groundskeeping workers 223 12 5.4
Machinists 454 22 4.8
Sheet metal workers 147 7 4.8
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers 3,214 148 4.6
Tool and die makers 88 4 4.5
Millwrights 73 3 4.1
Highway maintenance workers 79 3 3.8
Fire fighters 258 9 3.5
Helpers, construction trades 114 4 3.5
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers 116 4 3.4
Crane and tower operators 61 2 3.3
Security and fire alarm systems installers 60 2 3.3
Construction laborers 1,151 35 3
Maintenance and repair workers, general 309 8 2.6
Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers 271 7 2.6
Cement masons, concrete finishers, and      
   terrazzo workers 120 3 2.5
Logging workers 79 2 2.5
First-line supervisors/managers of construction      
   trades and extraction workers 897 22 2.4
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics 460 11 2.4
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians 128 3 2.3
Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics,      
   installers, and repairers 86 2 2.3
Electricians 774 16 2.1
Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers 205 4 1.9
Plasterers and stucco masons 53 1 1.9
Stationary engineers and boiler operators 113 2 1.8
Carpenters 1,595 26 1.6
Automobile service technicians and mechanics 884 12 1.4
Operating engineers and other construction      
   equipment operators 376 5 1.3
Roofers 233 3 1.3
Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators 88 1 1.1
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 595 6 1
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service      
   technicians and mechanics 200 2 1
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists 339 3 0.9

  Employed Employed Percent
Occupation Both Sexes Female Female
       
Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons 218 2 0.9
Electrical power-line installers and repairers 111 1 0.9
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration      
   mechanics and installers 350 2 0.6
Structural iron and steel workers 71 0 0
Small engine mechanics 54 -- --

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, Unpublished data, Annual Averages 2003, Current Population Survey.

Women’s Bureau
March 2003