Hot Jobs and Opportunities for Working Women and Moms

Barry Lenson

Hot Jobs and Opportunities for Working Women and Moms

If you’re a working woman or mother, you probably think that most employers prefer to hire men. Of course, there might be some employers who think that way. But the latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor tell us that American businesses and organizations are currently seeking educated women – and that their earnings increase with their level of education. To quote from the report:

“For women age 25 and over with less than a high school diploma, their unemployment rate was 14.2 percent; high school diploma, no college, 8.0 percent; some college, but no degree, 8.0 percent; associate degree, 5.9 percent; and bachelor’s degree or higher, 4.5 percent.”

So the message is, education can pay you back with a better job and a higher income.

Here's some data from the Department of Labor that working women ought to know:

  • 66 million women are employed in the U.S.—74 percent of employed women worked on full-time jobs, while 26 percent worked on a part-time basis.
  • Of the 122 million women age 16 years and over in the U.S., 72 million, or 59.2 percent, were in the labor force.
  • Women comprised 46.8 percent of the total U.S. labor force and are projected to account for 46.9 percent of the labor force by 2018.
  • Women are projected to account for 51.2 percent of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018.

What are the hottest jobs for women?

The Department of Labor reports that the largest percentage of employed women (40 percent) worked in management, professional, and related occupations;  32 percent worked in sales and office occupations; 21 percent in service occupations; 5 percent in production, transportation, and material moving occupations; and 1 percent in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.

Here are The 20 occupations with the highest median weekly earnings among women who were full-time wage and salary workers in 2009

1.Pharmacists, $1,475

2.Lawyers, $1,449

3.Computer and information systems managers, $1,411

4.Computer software Chief executives, $1,553

5.Engineers, $1,311

6.Physicians and surgeons, $1,228

7.Computer programmers, $1,182

8.Management analysts, $1,177

9.Computer scientists and systems analysts, $1,167

10.Occupational therapists, $1,155

11.Speech-language pathologists, $1,148

12.General and operations managers, $1,110

13.Education administrators, $1,093

14.Psychologists, $1,091

15.Personal financial advisors, $1,088

16.Human resources managers, $1,072

17.Marketing sales managers, $1,052

18.Managers, all other, $1,037

19.Registered nurses, $1,035

20.Network systems and data communications analysts, $1,032

So the message for working women is, get educated and get a better job.

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  • Deanna Allen

    I'm a 47 year old woman looking for a new career I'm in the medical filed I work as a CNA and do not want to go for an RN tired of the medical filed I'd really like the criminal justices filed working juveniles my question is will I be to old for higher? please get back soon thank you

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