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Top 10 Occupations That Employ the Largest Percentage of Women

Women Hold the Majority of Positions in These Career Fields

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According to the fact sheet "Quick Stats on Women Workers 2009" from the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, the largest percentage of women can be found in the occupations listed below. Click on the highlighted occupation to learn more about each career field, job opportunities, educational requirements, and prospects for growth.

 

1. Registered Nurses - 92%

Over 2.5 million strong, nurses make up the largest workforce within the clinical healthcare industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing careers offer a wide variety of roles and a broad scope of responsibility. There are many different types of nurses, and several different ways to obtain nursing careers.

2. Meeting and Convention Planners - 83.3%

Meetings and conventions bring people together for a common purpose and work to ensure that this purpose is achieved seamlessly. Meeting planners coordinate every detail of meetings and conventions, from the speakers and meeting location to arranging for printed materials and audio-visual equipment. They work for nonprofit organizations, professional and similar associations, hotels, corporations, and government. Some organizations have internal meeting planning staffs, and others hire independent meeting and convention planning firms to organize their events.

3. Elementary and Middle School Teachers - 81.9%

A teacher works with students and helps them learn concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics, language arts, social studies, art and music. They then help them apply these concepts. Teachers work in elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools and preschools in either a private or public school setting. Some teach special education. Excluding those in special education, teachers held about 3.5 million jobs in 2008 with most working in public schools.

4. Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents - 73.8%

A tax examiner checks individuals' federal, state and local tax returns for accuracy. They make sure taxpayers are not taking deductions and tax credits to which they aren't legally entitled. There were 73,000 tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents employed in the US in 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of tax examiners will grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018.

5. Medical and Health Services Managers - 69.5%

Health services managers plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. Generalists manage an entire facility, while specialists manage a department. Medical and health services managers held about 262,000 jobs in 2006. Approximately 37% worked in private hospitals, 22% worked in physicians' offices or nursing care facilities, and others worked in home healthcare services, Federal government healthcare facilities, ambulatory facilities run by state and local governments, outpatient care centers, insurance carriers, and community care facilities for the elderly.

6. Social and Community Service Managers - 69.4%

Social and community service managers plan, organize, and coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. These can include individual and family services programs, local or state government agencies, or mental health or substance abuse facilities. Social and community service managers may oversee the program or manage the organization's budget and policies. They often work directly with social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

7. Psychologists - 68.8%

Psychologists study the human mind and human behavior. The most popular area of specialization is clinical psychology. Other areas of specialization are counseling psychology, school psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology and experimental or research psychology. Psychologists held about 170,200 jobs in 2008. About 29% worked in counseling, testing, research, and in administration at educational institutions. Approximately 21% worked in health care. About 34% of all psychologists were self-employed.

8. Business Operations Specialists (Other) - 68.4%

Falling under this broad category are dozens of occupations as diverse as administrative analyst, claim agent, labor contract analyst, energy control officer, import/export specialist, lease buyer, police inspector and tariff publishing agent. The top industry for business operations specialists is the US government. In 2008 approximately 1,091,000 workers were employed, and that number is expected to grow 7-13% by 2018.

9. Human Resources Managers - 66.8%

Human resources managers evaluate and formulate policies relating to company personnel. The typical human resources manager supervises every aspect of employee relations. Some titles in the human resources management field include Affirmative Action Specialist, Benefits Manager, Compensation Manager, Employee Relations representative, Employee Welfare Manager, Government Personnel Specialist, Job Analyst, Labor Relations Manager, Personnel Manager and Training Manager. Salaries can range from $29,000 to over $100,000.

10. Financial Specialists (Other) - 66.6%

This broad field includes all financial specialists not listed separately and covers the following industries: Depository Credit Intermediation, Management of Companies and Enterprises, Nondepository Credit Intermediation, Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage and state government. The highest annual mean wage in this field can be found in Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing ($126,0400) and Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing ($99,070).

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