Making Big Bucks
Over the last three decades, women’s median income has increased by 63%. More and more women are now achieving post-graduate degrees and consequently, narrowing the income gap between men and women, being employed in high-paid professional jobs. Astonishingly, one-third of working women are reportedly said to earn more than their husbands, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics. BLS also states that healthcare, science and technology, and business fields are topping the list when it comes to the fields which offer the highest pay-packages to women. Here’s the list of the some of the best-paid jobs for women in 2012:
Pharmacists: Over the last two decades, a gender shift has occurred in the practice of pharmacy. It is considered to be a very conducive job for working moms, in a study conducted by Career Bliss. It ensures the highest pay at a global scale considering any other jobs, it also fetches a healthy work-life balance, good management and admirable perks. It tops the Forbes list of highest-paid jobs for women, 2012.
Computer and Information Systems Managers: Though women occupy only 26% of this occupation, they earn almost 97% of what their counterparts earn. They are employed in both public and private sectors, and all that they require to excel in this field is a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management or Information Technology.
Physicians and Surgeons: In this profession, women occupy almost 36% and they earn 79% of men’s earnings. An increasing number of women are now graduating from medical schools, and are making a mark in different specializations, such as pediatrics, orthopedics, urology and such others. Currently, women represent almost half the entering class of American medical schools. And this change is being reflected, if not in the same proportion, in many other countries as well.
Human Resources Managers: It belongs majorly to the women, in contemporary times. Since it is largely dependent on people-skills, women are believed to excel more in this field. Though, like most other professions, their earnings are still lesser than their male counterparts, still it is a lucrative profession for women all over the world.
Chief Executives: Today, women are running companies and multi-national organizations, business establishments etc., a situation which was unimaginable a couple of decades back. Though not many women are donning the role of chief executives, yet the ones who are into it are not only earning an ample remuneration but also gaining a supreme social status. Even Forbes listed it as the third highest-paid career option for women.
Katie Bardaro, lead economist at compensation research firm PayScale, says that the good news is that women’s high educational attainment has dramatically shifted the jobs and salaries available to them. “It takes time to see major change, but I think we’re finally seeing the fruits of our mothers’ labour.”