Project Jobs: 20 best-paying jobs for women

Posted on: 6:33 am, August 22, 2012, by , updated on: 02:59pm, August 24, 2012

Over the past few decades, women have made huge strides in the workplace. But when you look at all job sectors, women still make less money than men.

But there’s one field where women are thriving  – earning almost as much as men. That’s the world of pharmacists. And in the coming years, women could dominate the industry.

As a matter of fact, women are thriving all over the healthcare, technology, and business fields. But it’s the pharmaceutical industry that is the No. 1 career for women these days, according to Forbes Magazine.

“There are just so many things you can do with pharmacy that really appealed to me,” said Clarissa Manzi, fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Colorado’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Manzi said one of the main appeals to being a pharmacist is flexibility.

“I like that for a woman,” Manzi said. “You can have a family life, you can have your career and you don’t really have to sacrifice either one of them”

Dr. Sunny Linnebur has been a pharmacy professor for nearly a decade, and she said that according to admission numbers, women make u anywhere from 60-70 percent of every graduate college class.

While Linnebur agrees the flexibility with being a pharmacist is a big draw, she said the pay isn’t bad either.

“Typically someone who is graduating with their doctor of pharmacy degree and does not have any additional experience will find a job that pays about $100,000,” Linnebur said. “So it’s definitely a good salary right off the bat.”

According Forbes, the pharmacy field offers roughly 10,000 openings every year. And as the population ages, the field is expected to grow 25 percent by 2020.

Below is the complete list of the top 20 best-paying jobs for women, as found by Forbes. But first, here are more Project Jobs stories from Nick Emmons.

More from Project Jobs

TOP 20 JOBS FOR WOMEN

No. 1: Pharmacists
Median weekly earnings: $1,898
Approximate median yearly earnings: $99,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 56%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 95%

No. 2: Lawyers
Median weekly earnings: $1,631
Approximate median yearly earnings: $85,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 34%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 87%

No. 3: Computer and Information Systems Managers
Median weekly earnings: $1,543
Approximate median yearly earnings: $80,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 26%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 97%

No. 4: Physicians and Surgeons
Median weekly earnings: $1,527
Approximate median yearly earnings: $79,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 36%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 79%

No. 5: Chief Executives
Median weekly earnings: $1,464
Approximate median yearly earnings: $76,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 25%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 69%

No. 6: Nurse Practitioners
Median weekly earnings: $1,432
Approximate median yearly earnings: $74,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 85%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: data not available

No. 7: Software Developers
Median weekly earnings: $1,388
Approximate median yearly earnings: $72,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 18%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 86%

No. 8: Operations Research Analysts
Median weekly earnings: $1,326
Approximate median yearly earnings: $69,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 44%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 105%

No. 9: Human Resources Managers
Median weekly earnings: $1,273
Approximate median yearly earnings: $66,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 72%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 86%

No. 10: Psychologists
Median weekly earnings: $1,244
Approximate median yearly earnings: $65,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 71%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: data not available

No. 11: Computer Programmers
Median weekly earnings: $1,238
Approximate median yearly earnings: $64,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 20%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 93%

No. 12: Physical Therapists
Median weekly earnings: $1,216
Approximate median yearly earnings: $63,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 60%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 80%

No. 13: Occupational Therapists
Median weekly earnings: $1,193
Approximate median yearly earnings: $62,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 86%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: data not available

No. 14: Management Analysts
Median weekly earnings: $1,174
Approximate median yearly earnings: $61,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 45%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 78%

No. 15: Physical Scientists
Median weekly earnings: $1,167
Approximate median yearly earnings: $61,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 38%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 79%

No. 16: Medical and Health Services Managers
Median weekly earnings: $1,166
Approximate median yearly earnings: $61,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 72%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 80%

No. 17: Computer Systems Analysts
Median weekly earnings: $1,144
Approximate median yearly earnings: $59,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 35%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 81%

No. 18: Medical Scientists
Median weekly earnings: $1,127
Approximate median yearly earnings: $59,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 55%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 102%

No. 19: Marketing and Sales Managers
Median weekly earnings: $1,127
Approximate median yearly earnings: $59,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 44%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 68%

No. 20: Post-secondary Teachers
Median weekly earnings: $1,093
Approximate median yearly earnings: $57,000
Women as percentage of the profession: 43%
Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: 80%