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30 Leading occupations for women by number of women employed (2013 annual averages)

Occupation name

Total number of women employed (in thousands)1

Women as a percent of total employed in the occupation2, 3

Elementary and middle school teachers

2138

81%

Secretaries and administrative assistants

2113

94%

Registered nurses

2023

90%

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1207

89%

Customer service representatives

1068

66%

First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

981

43%

Accountants and auditors

945

62%

Cashiers

932

72%

Managers, all other

905

34%

First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

828

70%

Receptionists and information clerks

828

92%

Retail salespersons

737

50%

Office clerks, general

734

84%

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

702

89%

Financial managers

613

55%

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

605

88%

Waiters and waitresses

558

70%

Personal care aides

539

84%

Secondary school teachers

529

57%

Social workers

507

80%

Teacher assistants

501

89%

Preschool and kindergarten teachers

484

98%

Education administrators

450

64%

Postsecondary teachers

424

50%

Janitors and building cleaners

421

33%

Cooks

418

40%

Childcare workers

410

95%

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

404

92%

Counselors

391

69%

Billing and posting clerks

380

92%

Notes:
1. Number of women employed are 2013 annual averages for full-time wage and salary workers only, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat39.htm
2. Women as a percent of total employed are 2013 annual averages for all people employed (includes part-time and self-employed), from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm
3. Traditional occupations are those in which women represent 75% or more of total employed.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey