Special Report

Once-Male Dominated Jobs Now Mostly Held by Women

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9. Lodging managers
> Increase in female workers, 2010-2020: +7.6 percentage points
> Pct. of workers who are female, 2020: 56.0% (68,880 total female workers)
> Median annual earnings, 2020, all lodging managers: $46,176

Lodging managers are responsible for directing, planning, and coordinating the organization of places that provide accommodations, such as hotels. Women accounted for 48.4% of the 143,000 lodging managers in America in 2010. By 2020, 56% of lodging managers were women, as the number of male lodging managers declined by more than 25%, while the number of female lodging managers declined only slightly.

From 2010 to 2015, the number of female lodging managers increased significantly, from 69,212 to more than 85,000. During that time, the number of male lodging managers grew by just over 100 to just under 74,000. With travel all but halted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of lodging managers in 2020 dropped by more than 22% compared to 2015, with the workforce of male lodging managers shrinking by 26.8% and the workforce of female lodging managers shrinking by 19%.

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8. Compliance officers
> Increase in female workers, 2010-2020: +10.1 percentage points
> Pct. of workers who are female, 2020: 57.1% (174,155 total female workers)
> Median annual earnings, 2020, all compliance officers: $71,344

Compliance officers ensure laws and regulations are being followed and that workers are properly trained, equipped, and licensed. They are commonly employed by state, federal, and local governments, as well as by companies in industries like metal ore mining, pharmaceutical manufacturing, mechanical manufacturing, insurance and more.

Female compliance officers earn nearly as much as males in the job, with median weekly earnings of $1,371 in 2020, compared to $1,373 for male compliance officers, a 0.2% difference. Across all workers, men earned 17.7% more than women in 2020.

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7. Medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians
> Increase in female workers, 2010-2020: +10.9 percentage points
> Pct. of workers who are female, 2020: 59.9% (44,326 total female workers)
> Median annual earnings, 2020, all medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians: $36,088

Medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians is one of just eight occupational categories in which the distribution of workers has gone from majority male to majority female over the past decade, with the share of the workforce that is female growing by more than 10 percentage points in that period. In 2010, 49% of all lab technicians were women. In 2020, women accounted for nearly 60% of lab technicians.

Of all the jobs on this list, laboratory technicians make the least money. The job has median annual earnings of just over $36,000 across all workers, male or female.

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6. Gaming services workers
> Increase in female workers, 2010-2020: +12.5 percentage points
> Pct. of workers who are female, 2020: 50.6% (32,384 total female workers)
> Median annual earnings, 2020, all gaming services workers: $39,780

Gaming services workers are employed by places where people can gamble, like racetracks and casinos. They help customers, as well as deal and run games of chance, enforce safety rules, and more. Women now comprise a majority of these workers, at 50.6%. Their share of this occupation has increased by 12.5 percentage points since 2010 only because the number of male gaming services workers has declined more quickly.

In 2010, there were 74,900 male gaming services workers. Five years later, that figure had declined to less than 43,000. Yet the number of female gaming services workers stayed relatively even at around 46,000 from 2010 to 2015. As casinos were shuttered across the country due to COVID-19 in 2020, the number of men and women in this job fell sharply — to 32,384 female workers and 31,616 male workers.

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5. Photographers
> Increase in female workers, 2010-2020: +12.7 percentage points
> Pct. of workers who are female, 2020: 52.1% (96,906 total female workers)
> Median annual earnings, 2020, all photographers: $51,480

Photographers take pictures and may choose a number of different career fields — news media, portraits, events, fine arts, commercial and industrial settings, and more.

The number of female photographers increased by nearly 53% in the last decade, while the number of male photographers shrank by 8.7%. In 2010, fewer than 40% of professional photographers were women, and now they account for 52% of the 186,000 total photographers in America. The majority of this demographic shift took place from 2010 to 2015, as women went from 39.4% to 49.9% of photographers in that five-year span.

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