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Top 20 Jobs Held by Women

Posted by sherrysaunders on June 7, 2010

  • According the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, the 20 most prevalent occupations for employed women in 2009 were—
    1. Secretaries and administrative assistants, 3,074,000
    2. Registered nurses, 2,612,000
    3. Elementary and middle school teachers, 2,343,000
    4. Cashiers, 2,273,000
    5. Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides, 1,770,000
    6. Retail salespersons, 1,650,000
    7. First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers, 1,459,000
    8. Waiters and waitresses, 1,434,000
    9. Maids and housekeeping cleaners, 1,282,000
    10. Customer service representatives, 1,263,000
    11. Child care workers, 1,228,000
    12. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks, 1,205,000
    13. Receptionists and information clerks, 1,168,000
    14. First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers, 1,163,000
    15. Managers, all other, 1,106,000
    16. Accountants and auditors, 1,084,000
    17. Teacher assistants, 921,000
    18. Cooks, 831,000
    19. Office clerks, general 821,000
    20. Personal and home care aides, 789,000
  • Where are the construction, green, and IT jobs?  Women need to move to non traditional jobs and make more money for themselves and their families.


    4 Responses to “Top 20 Jobs Held by Women”

    1. Chris said

      I’d be careful about wishing for construction jobs. Job losses in the Great Recession hit men more than women, and construction/manufacturing jobs were a key part of that. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/what-explains-the-mancession/

    2. Won’t argue that this recession has hit some male dominated jobs hard but those jobs still pay better and women need to be able to enter any field and not be relegated to just a few career choices. Beyond those mentioned in the blog are automotive service technicians and mechanics, sales engineers, computer techs, etc.

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