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Healthcare Careers Provide Best Opportunities for Women


Healthcare Careers Provide Best Opportunities for Women

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Women’s role in the American workforce is at the forefront of public conversation this year, a result of the presidential election. From the Ledbetter Act, to binders full of women, there’s growing interest in the opportunities women have – and don’t have – in today’s job market.

More women are graduating from college than men, yet an American Association of University Women (AAUW) study finds that a disparity in pay exists from the outset after graduation. Men are likely to be paid a dollar for every 77 cents a woman with the same credentials earns, the study says. And yet, by age 24, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that 28% of women have a bachelor’s degree. That number is 19% for men.

Certain career paths currently are more promising for gender equality. A study finds that women with pharmacy degrees have excellent opportunities for career advancement. The median pay for women in an industry that is made up 56% of women is $99,000 annually. That still lags behind men, but is 95% of the overall median – a vast improvement from the projected national average.

IT opportunities are burgeoning for female job seekers. Though the industry is still low on representation of women – estimates are that only 26% of computer and information systems managers are women – this career offers women 97% of men’s pay at a competitive $80,000 median salary.

Two of the most welcoming careers for women in the current market are also in the most stable industry, healthcare: occupational and physical therapist ranked in the Best Healthcare Jobs ranking, and women account for 86% and 65% of the profession.

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1 Comment

  • This must be big news because I just read another article about the higher gender equality in pharmacy. It would be really helpful to have clarity on what the statistic of men earning more on the dollar than women means. Does it mean for the same work and same hours the men are earning x amount more? Or does it mean for the same job title but possibly different hours the men are earning x more? I suspect it’s some of both, but it’s hard to use these statistics in arguments without knowing. They can be so easily dismissed.

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