Best Jobs Women Haven’t Discovered

AT4594It’s not news that we still have a gender pay gap – men are still earning more than women doing similar or equivalent jobs. One creative way that women might put their earnings on a par with men is to make different career choices. Perhaps it’s time to be more intentional about invading well-paid jobs that are traditionally held by men.

ForbesWoman recently created a list of the best-paying jobs women aren’t in–but should be. Who knew that detectives and criminal investigators were so well-paid and had such a low percentage of women?

We all hold biases, often unconsciously, about jobs that are suitable for men and women. That’s how we perpetuate sex-role stereotyping. So why not suggest to our daughters, as well as our sons, that they consider becoming an engineer, or an architect, a pilot or a criminal investigator? Why shouldn’t we have more female engineers and train drivers?

Perhaps you are ready for a career change yourself. Ever thought of being a chiropractor or railroad conductor? If we look at the low percentages of women in these traditional male jobs it’s obvious that there’s a lot of opportunity out there to break a few moulds and confront a lot of stereotypes — as well as earning a good salary of course.

Rank

Job

Median Weekly Earnings of Both Sexes

Percent Female

1

Chief executives

$1,903

23.4

2

Engineers

$1,458

12.1

3

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

$1,390

2.6

4

First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and preventing workers

$1,327

8.7

5

Locomotive engineers and operators

$1,223

2.8

6

Computer programmers

$1,218

22.4

7

First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives

$1,200

14.7

8

Network systems and data communications analysts

$1,130

23.7

9

Architects, except naval

$1,128

24.8

10

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

$1,067

4.7

11

Cost estimators

$1,055

10

12

Detectives and criminal investigators

$1,053

19.2

13

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators

$972

16.1

14

Fire fighters

$970

4.8

15

Chiropracters

$962

15.3

16

Power plant operators, distributors and dispatchers

$960

9.2

17

First-line supervisors/managers of construction and extraction workers

$947

2.7

18

First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers and repairers

$937

8

19

Crane and tower operators

$925

3.7

20

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

$919

1.7

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