10 Jobs Where Women Are Taking Over

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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When I quit my last job (althouth the pay was decent.) The company hired 4 people to replace me the very second I left. Talk about a single mom being taken advantage of,,,

March 16 2011 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it is great, now how about getting your hands dirty and take a real job. No panzy pencle pushing BS I mean a real job. Pull out a 28 inch chain saw and chop down that old oak tree and hope it falls the rite way. If you can start it. Go for it ladies, Send that 12 inch slab cutter across a two foot thick five ton block of tool steel at ten inches a minute and when the red hot chips come flying at you please keep your mouth shut. Lets get real now! Stand that Grand Piane on it's side and hump it down a flight of stairs. Now for some real fun, Crank up that old welder and for eight to ten hours a day lay a two to three thousand degree metal bead onto steel plates laid every way you can imagin. exposed skin turnes red and the fumes, well so much for your make up. A lot of us have been doing this for a long long time and will say go for it we could use a break. One Question for the ladies, Have you ever come home from work and hop in the shower and the water runs black? But you know what. The Pay I just read is peanuts compaird to a real job. Getting your hands dirty pays very well so can stay home and take care of the house and the kids now.

March 10 2011 at 3:57 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

If women ran the world they'd still be miserable and blaming men for something. NOTHING will ever satisfy these broads. Next it will be...where are all the men.....we women are tired of working, trying to raise a family, having it all, and still trying to stay a size two while the men seem to be happy and content letting us do it all. WAH WAAAH WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH Enjoy running the world! We men are content to let you do it all while we watch games and enjoy pizza.

March 10 2011 at 2:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Yes, American women enjoy all the rights and privileges of citizenship and continue to reap the benefits of American democracy. Yet, unlike millions of male Americans, not one woman in the history of America has been compelled to serve in the military against her will or to register her body for potential military conscription. Still, today, in 2011, only male Americans are compelled to register their bodies under the federal military Selective Service Act or face severe criminal and civil sanctions -- including up to five years incarceration and the loss of federal funding (including Pell grants) for college tuition -- for noncompliance. WHAT KIND OF GENDER EQUITY IS THAT?

March 09 2011 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tracy Perez

Interesting to note: MOST of the people that make the laws about these sort of things are MEN!

March 12 2011 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We have sacrifised an entire generation of American males on the altar of affirmative action, so as to give his sister a leg up.She took the opportuniyy and like a bright American woman, ran with it. Good for her, when does it stop? When do we unbind her brothers hand?

March 09 2011 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Very few real men anymore. Personally, I like working for some women as long as they don't have an chip on their shoulder.

March 09 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm retired now but I can say I never worked with a woman who was pursuing a career...always a job.

March 09 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's how you took over the job market, by doing twice as much for half the money. Now everyone is screwed.

March 09 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just had tis conversation with a woman this evening, she said that a woman can effectively do twice as much as a male - I replied: we (us males) understood doing twice as much and getting paid half for it.

March 09 2011 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, surprise, surprise! Women are taking over more jobs than this. I am a woman and I hate aggressive females. If they attain a comparable job to a man, they should be more likeable. I have worked for women and I don't like it.

March 09 2011 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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