Top 10 Careers For Women In 2012

Wednesday, 22. February 2012


Authors Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D have determined the Best Jobs for the 21st Century and in the sixth edition of the their book by the same title, Shatkin has compiled a list of the top 10 jobs for women, based on a number of factors, including satisfaction levels.

The top career in Shatkin’s list was teaching, specifically a career as a post-secondary teacher. Careers with the lowest satisfaction rates included servers, retail and administrative assistants.

So before you go and update that teaching resume you might want to consider our list as well. Our list is not as extensive as Shatkin’s, we based ours solely on the 2011 numbers that took into consideration average yearly income and the percentage of women are represented in the field:

1) Doctor
In 2011, women doctors earned an average yearly income of $84,000. With only 31% of women representing this field, there is definite room for growth. This is why Doctor takes our #1 spot for top 10 careers for women in 2012.

2) Pharmacist
Following closely behind, pharmacist is our #2 spot with an average yearly income of $83,500 and 48% of women are representing the field.

3) CEO
In 2011, women who held the role of Chief Executives pulled in an average yearly income of $83,000. With only 26% of women are representing CEOs, there is much room for advancement.

4) Lawyer
In the field of law women, who on average earned $76,000 in 2011, represent 35% of American lawyers.

5) Computer Software Engineer
Only 21% of women make of this industry, however, on average they earned $75,000 in 2011, so it might be worthwhile to update that engineering resume after all.

6) IT Manager
Since only 30% of women are currently represented in this field, IT is a growing industry that is hoping to attract more women in its ranks. Since the average yearly income is $73,500, it might not be a bad idea to get your IT resume updated.

7) Physical Therapist
In 2011, the average yearly income for a Physical Therapist was $63,000. As 62% of women already dominate this field, choosing a career as a physical therapist is #7 on our top 10 careers for women in 2012.

8) Speech-Language Pathologist
Women make up the majority of Speech-Language Pathologists in America with representation of 97%. Last year on average, a Speech-Language Pathologist earned a yearly income of $61,500.

9) Computer Programmer
Only 22% of women are represented in the field of computer programming, however their yearly average income of $61,000 makes this a pretty viable career choice.

10) Human Resources Manager
In 2011, the majority of human resource mangers were comprised of women with 71%. In 2011, they earned an average income of $60,500.

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