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Top Most In-Demand Jobs for Women 2017

By: James Cummings

In which careers are women currently earning top salaries? In which careers do women outnumber men?

A 2014 statistics by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 identified health jobs, law, and management roles as top of the list of a varied range of careers in which women earn high salaries.  The figures also showed that women made up just over half of the workforce in high-earning management, professional and related roles.

Pharmacy held the record for the highest paying job for women with $1,647 in average weekly earnings. It is followed by careers like chief executive officers, computer software engineers, lawyers, physicians and surgeons, human resource managers, and management analysts. In the rear were computer scientists and systems analysts with $1,082 as median earnings per week.

However, the study ranked registered nursing as the number one career where women outnumber men by as high as 91.7%. Next on the rung were elementary and middle school teachers, education administrators, event planning, physical therapists, skin care specialists, public relations managers, and accountants and auditors.

Here are the current top jobs that clients and hiring firms have a preference for women professionals.

Nurse practitioner

Nurses -- or more formally referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) -- coordinate patients care and provide either primary or specialist healthcare. They can work alone or in collaboration with doctors.

To qualify as a nurse practitioner, you must have a master’s degree in the course, in addition to a state licence. Female nurses take home a median income of $87,464 per annum.

Event planner

Corporations and other serious businesses now want more expertly organised meetings and events, which has in turn boosted the demand for professional event planners, according to the US’ Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

This occupation is projected to grow by 33% through to 2022. Women who take up this role on a full time basis currently earn an average of $45, 810 per annum.

Education administrator

Education administrators oversee student’s admissions, academics and other services in colleges and universities.  In addition to elementary and middle-school teachers, education administrator is a field where women are generally more preferred by employers to men. Current statistics says the profession is expected to grow by as much as 15% through 2022, which is slightly higher than the projected 11% growth across all careers.

To be an education administrator, you’ll need to have a master’s degree or higher, especially for higher-ranking administrator’s role such as dean. The average yearly income for an education administrator is $86, 490.

Computer and information systems manager

Commonly know as IT Manager, computer and information systems professionals create, coordinate, implement and analyse any project that is computer related. Their tasks cover both software and hardware development, designing an institution’s web database or even the extensive job of designing the firm’s IT polices and strategies.

To work as an IT manager, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in the appropriate field. You may also be required to possess other specific graduate degrees. A female computer and information systems manager earn an average income of $79,508 yearly.

Public relations manager

A public relations manager’s duties generally encompass reputation management and building a healthy brand perception by the public for the client.

Although a public relations manager role is a highly rewarding job with about $55, 000 median annual income, its projected expansion of 13% means it’s not one of the fastest growing occupations.

Physical therapist

Physical therapists assist people who are sick or injured to better manage pain and speed up their recovery process. Physical therapists work in medical settings such as hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes; as well as private offices.

To qualify as a physical therapist, you must have a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in addition to a four-year bachelor’s degree. You must also apply and qualify for a licence.

Female physical therapists earn an average of $67,964 in a year.

Medical esthetician

If you love skin care but have always pictured yourself working in a medical setting, then this is your career fit. As a medical esthetician, you’ll work in the field of skincare, and closely with doctors and sometimes in the area of dermatology.

According to the US’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for skincare specialist in the next few years is growing faster than the average for all occupations. As of May 2016, the median yearly income for an esthetician is $30,270, with universities, colleges and professional schools topping the chart of highest paying institutions with an average salary of $62,430.


If you’ve got a thing for numbers, then this field offers you a good platform for growth opportunity and an above-average wage with $75,560 median annual salary.

This is an example of a career where women are nearly as many as men, with women holding about 49% of the current jobs in the market, according to Census data.

The occupation is estimated to expand by 27% by 2022, according to the BLS study.

To qualify as a professional statistician, you’ll have to earn a master’s degree in the course, mathematics or survey methodology; although some roles may only require you to have a bachelor’s degree.