10 Jobs Where Women Are Taking Over

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women jobs Forbes recently published their list of 20 Surprising Jobs Women Are Taking Over. As they point out, while women have historically been most concentrated in service jobs such as those in the fields of education, social work, and customer service, more women these days are going into professional occupations and management positions.

These positions usually require at least a college degree, and as women in the United States continue to make greater educational strides, the gender-pay gap continues to shrink. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Education, women are currently outpacing men when it comes to earning bachelor's degrees at a rate of 3 to 2.

Additionally, as large corporations continue to develop innovative policies geared toward working parents, more women will continue to apply for, and eventually work for these organizations.

All these trends seem to be converging to reshape the country's work landscape. The Forbes article points out 20 occupations, which have been traditionally dominated by men, where women now make up more than 50 percent of the work force.

Here are the top 10 jobs where women are taking over:


10. Budget Analysts

What they make: $56,890*

What they do: Budget analysts help organizations allocate their financial resources. They develop, analyze, and execute budgets, as well as estimate future financial needs for private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Job outlook: Budget analyst jobs are expected to increase faster than average. Candidates with a master's degree are expected to have the best opportunities. **




9. Human Resources Managers

What they make: $59,369*

What they do: Every organization wants to attract, motivate, and retain the most qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are best suited. Human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists provide this connection.

Job outlook: Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists occupations. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities. **




8. Veterinarians

What they make: $72,234*

What they do: Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. Specifically, they care for the health of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems.

Job outlook: Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists occupations. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities. **




7. Tax Examiners, Collectors and Revenue Agents

What they make: $44,996*

What they do: Taxes are one of the certainties of life, and as long as governments collect taxes, there will be jobs for tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents. By reviewing tax returns, conducting audits, identifying taxes payable, and collecting overdue tax dollars, these workers ensure that governments obtain revenues from businesses and citizens.

Job outlook: Employment is expected to grow as fast as the average, while retirements over the next 10 years should create additional job openings at all levels of government. **




6. Educational Administrators

What they make: $41,894*

What they do: Successful operation of an educational institution requires competent administrators. Education administrators provide instructional leadership and manage the day-to-day activities in schools, preschools, day care centers, and colleges and universities.

Job outlook: Employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be excellent due to a large number of expected retirements and fewer applicants for some positions.**




5. Medical Scientists

What they make: $84,937*

What they do: Biological scientists study living organisms and their relationship to the environment. They perform research to gain a better understanding of fundamental life processes and apply that understanding to developing new products or processes.

Job outlook: Employment of biological scientists is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations although there will continue to be competition for some basic research positions.**




4. Insurance Underwriters

What they make: $49,430*

What they do: Underwriters decide whether insurance is provided and, if so, under what terms. They identify and calculate the risk of loss from policyholders, establish who receives a policy, determine the appropriate premium, and write policies that cover this risk.

Job outlook: Although employment is expected to decline slowly, job prospects will remain good because of high turnover. **




3. Financial Managers

What they make: $65,521*

What they do: Financial managers oversee the preparation of financial reports, direct investment activities, and implement cash management strategies. Managers also develop strategies and implement the long-term goals of their organization.

Job outlook: Employment growth for financial managers is expected is to be as fast as the average for all occupations. However, applicants will likely face keen competition for jobs. Those with a master's degree and certification will have the best opportunities.**




2. Meeting and Convention Planners

What they make: $47,964*

What they do: Meetings and conventions bring people together for a common purpose, and meeting and convention planners work to ensure that this purpose is achieved seamlessly.

Job outlook: Employment of meeting and convention planners is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Opportunities will be best for individuals with a bachelor's degree and some meeting planning experience.**




1. Accountants and Auditors

What they make: $89,706*

What they do: Accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records kept accurately, and taxes paid properly and on time.

Job outlook: Accountants and auditors are expected to experience much faster than average employment growth from 2008-18. Job opportunities should be favorable; accountants and auditors who have a professional certification, especially CPAs, should have the best prospects.**




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* All salary data courtesy of PayScale.com ( listed in terms of median annual salary)
** All job descriptions according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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