Top Paying Jobs
Home Legal Advice Health Counseling Jobs, Careers General Advice Contact Search Privacy Policy Forum

Femtalk USA - Jobs and Careers

top paying jobs  Top paying jobs for women

The statistics may surprise you.

Women are flocking to the labor force in record numbers. Nearly 60% sought or occupied employment in 2008, the latest year for which statistics are available. More than one-third of these women worked in management, professional and related occupations, accounting for 51% of all workers in this top-paying sector.

Women's earnings remain stalled at around 80% of men's, though women are finding the jobs that pay them the most, and some may surprise you.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau 2008 analysis:
Pharmacy topped the list, where women pharmacists earn a median wage of $1,647 per week or about $86,000 a year. Women earn about 85% as much as their male colleagues. It's a much smaller pay gap than that of medical doctors, however, where women make 59% as much as men. And pharmacy requires less education.

Women physicians and surgeons came in far behind pharmacists at No. 6 on the list, earning a median of $1,230 per week. Women often go into family practice or other lower-paying specialties, rather than work the 80-hour-plus weeks of surgeons.

Women computer scientists and systems analysts came in at No. 10, earning a median wage of $1,082 per week or about $56,000 a year. In recent years, telecommuting has become increasingly common in the industry, making computer science even more appealing to women seeking high-paying work and flexibility.

And just above, at No. 9, were speech-language pathologists, the only occupation in which women earn exactly equal to men and represent 50% of the field's total workers.

No. 1: Pharmacists
Education required
: PCAT; Pharm.D. degree; six to seven years of collegiate study.

No. 2: Chief Executives
Education required: Varies; many hold a bachelor's or graduate degree in business administration or more specialized discipline.

No. 3: Lawyers
Education required: LSAT; J.D. degree; about seven years of collegiate study

No. 4: Computer Software Engineers
Education required: Bachelor of computer science or software engineering

No. 5: Computer and Information Systems Managers
Education required: Bachelor's degree; often a technology-specific MBA

No. 6: Physicians and Surgeons
on required: M.D. degree; about eight years of collegiate study; three to eight years of internships and residency.

No. 7: Management Analysts
ducation required: many hold a bachelor's degree and are promoted from within; others hold a master's in business administration or related discipline

No. 8: Human Resource Managers
Education requir
ed: Bachelor's degree

No. 9: Speech-language Pathologists
Education required
: Master's degree; a license in some states

No. 10: Computer Scientists and System Analysts
Education requi
red: some companies require an associate's degree; most require at least a bachelor's and prefer more advanced degrees depending on the complexity of the project.

Top paying jobs for Women

Retraining for Women

Grants for women in business

Prepare for your job interview

Dress for your interview

Questions and answers at your interview

Job Interview Types

Follow-up after a Job Interview

Women in Politics

Online education - Diploma Mills

Jobs advice index


 Copyright FemtalkUSA 2009
For problems or questions regarding this web contact