Best-Paying Jobs For Women

10 Aug

I used to want to be so many things growing up, naturally.

I think my very, very first aspiration was to be the Bionic Woman.  No, make that a singer. I grew up watching a lot of variety shows like Tony Orlando & Dawn, Merv Griffin and the Captain & Tennille Show (ouch: I’m aging myself) where singers wore long, jeweled gowns and patted their legs a lot and swung their long hair to the side between lyrics. I even used to put on shows in the living room wearing towels on my head as long hair. I was a card. There was even that track & field Olympic dream that fizzled.

Fast forward many years to post-college and entry into CubicleVille. I began a paper shuffle that lasted forever, not quite assimilating into office life, thrashing like a fish out of water along the way. When I see the list below of what are currently the best-paying jobs for women, while I am proud of others’ accomplishments, I cringe at the very fact that I could not see myself in any of these professions. Well, except one.

Maybe–maybe the psychologist role. I mean, I like the thought of helping others work through their mess and I’ve been performing the role of unofficial psychologist throughout my life (Don’t we all at some point?) to friends, family members, random people at the grocery store, etc.

According to Forbes magazine, the following is a list of the best-paying jobs for women in 2012…

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%
*Applications and systems software

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.

Here’s a new one:

No. 11: Right-Brain Flitterer

Median weekly earnings: 0

Approximate median yearly earnings: 0

Women as percentage of profession: 18%

Earnings as percentage of men’s earnings: data too confusing.

The reason it could make the list for “best-paying jobs for women” is because following one’s dreams, however sloppy they may be(come), is compensation in itself.

 

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