Women make up a little over 43% of the American labor force. While over 57% of all women in the U.S. are now working, the participation rate for men is currently over 69%. Women are more likely to work full-time (defined as at least 35 hours each week) as well as year-round, but still earn only 82% of what their male counterparts bring home. Unfortunately, the 25 highest-paying jobs for women still pay men more.
The gender gap has undeniably narrowed since the introduction of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination by most employers on the basis of sex (among other things). The education level of working women has improved significantly, too. Over the last 50 years, the number of women in the labor force with college degrees has quadrupled. That doesn’t necessarily translate to more upper-echelon jobs, however.
To determine the jobs most commonly held by women, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the April 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report “Women in the labor force: a databook.” Occupations with a labor force that is more than two-thirds female were ranked based on their total number of female workers.
Women account for over 75% of medical professionals, for instance, but make up only 40% of physicians and surgeons. The majority of legal workers are women, but only almost 64% of lawyers are men. And only 27.6% of chief executives are women. These, however, are the 32 fastest-growing jobs dominated by women.