Need a Job? The Best Industries For Working Women
How does your job measure up?
By Diana Pearl
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Ladies, listen up. You know that nationwide, women make just 77 cents to every man's dollar. But that average doesn't apply to everyone. In some professions, women are coming closeor even outearning their male colleagues. Below are a few of the industries that are doing things right.
The two places in the United States where the pay gap is the smallest? Washington, D.C. and Maryland. A big explanation for why these two are doing so well in equal pay is due to the large amount of people working in the public sector, or for the government. Over the past 20 years, the pay gap has shrunk specifically in these two sectors by over 15 percentwith women making 87 cents for every man's dollar today, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
This one may shock youbut the nearly all-male industry of construction has one of the smallest pay gaps, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2012, the women that do work in the construction industry made 97.6 cents to their male colleagues dollar. However, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), this makes sense: women are typically paid better in "traditionally masculine" jobs than they are in those that have been long associated with females.
Investment banking has notoriously been associated as a man's game. In comparing men and women with MBAs, however, women make 102 percent of what a man makes, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Banking isnt the only industry with a reverse pay gap for MBA graduates existsnon-profits and human resources also favor females, with women making 102 and 107 percent of a mans salary, respectively. The numbers aren't as high, however, for women without MBA'sin this field, more education seems to have a tangible payoff.
One of the biggest complaints critics have about the gender pay gap is that it doesnt take into account the number of hours worked by men in comparison to women. In the world of part-time work, women are doing well, says the New York Times. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, part-time working women make $10 more than their male counterparts in weekly median salaries$236 per week compared to $226.
Health care will always be a bustling industryyou can count on people to keep getting sick. And as such, the salaries for pharmacists and registered nurses are fairly even between men and women. The average female pharmacist makes 100% of what males make, and nurses make 91% of a mans earnings.
Teaching has long been a profession dominated by women. And unlike other jobs that are historically led by women, the earnings ratio for teachers is one of the best for ladies, according to AAUW. Secondary school teachers make 93 percent of what males in their industry do. While there's definitely still room for improvement, teachers are far ahead of many other professions.