‘The best place to be a woman in the US’: A report on the top jobs for women in the country
A new report finds the top five jobs for female workers in the United States have increased steadily over the last two decades.
But it says women still face barriers in accessing these jobs and that women still lag behind men in getting them.
Key findingsThe US has a growing number of jobs for people with disabilities, including nurses, teachers, and home health aides.
But the report finds women are still significantly behind men, and the gap has grown since 2000.
The top five occupations for women with disabilities are nursing, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists.
The US Census Bureau also found that the share of women in top management positions increased from 16% in 2010 to 20% in 2020.
It is the largest percentage of women to hold the position.
The report finds that while women are getting the most work, they are still far behind men when it comes to accessing the jobs.
They are less likely than men to work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and in higher education.
Women are more likely than other women to get college degrees.
Women also tend to work fewer hours than men.
While men work longer hours, women are more inclined to work part-time and take less vacation.
The top five employers for people who are disabledSource: The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)The report also found there were some signs of improvement in women’s pay and working conditions.
Women in the workforce are still paid less than men, but women are making more than men at every level of education, from college to the highest levels of management.
The median annual salary for women was $24,000 in 2020, up from $23,000 the year before.
Women made up nearly 30% of the workforce in 2020 but now represent almost half of all workers.
Women now make up 40% of all employees in the manufacturing sector, up 6 percentage points since 2000, and 54% of workers in professional, scientific, and technical services, up 4 percentage points.
Women earn more than their male counterparts in nearly every other major occupation, including those in management and finance, legal, engineering and technology, and healthcare.
But women still struggle to make the same wage gains as men.
Women earned on average 77 cents for every dollar a man made in 2020 compared with 77 cents in 2000, the APD found.
The gap was even more pronounced for women of color, with a median pay difference of more than 80 cents per dollar.
“The U.S. economy is still recovering from the 2008-09 financial crisis and a slow recovery in the jobs market has not erased gender wage inequality,” said Sarah L. Gartner, director of the AAPD’s Women in Leadership Program.
“But there is still more work to do, and that’s where the AAPE’s new report will help.”
The report says the average annual wage for women working full-time in STEM fields in 2020 was $43,100, up 5 cents from last year.
Women were also earning an average of $19,800 in higher-paying fields such as health care, education, and legal and social work.
But there were significant gaps in pay across the board, with the gap between men and women in each major occupation ranging from less than 1% to more than 9%.
The biggest gap was in the retail trade, where men made 74 cents for each dollar a woman earned in 2020; women made 72 cents for their full-year earnings.
The smallest gap was for teachers, where women made 79 cents for a full-term teaching salary, compared with 81 cents for men.
The median pay for men in STEM jobs was $54,000, up 3 cents from 2020, and for women, $49,000.
The study also found women are far less likely to be hired for a job that requires a college degree than men are.
While nearly half of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher were hired for jobs in 2020 that required a college education, only 46% of men with the same level of degree were hired, the study found.
Women were also less likely (42%) to be promoted from lower-paying jobs to higher-paid jobs, compared to men, with about half of men earning promotions to jobs that require a college diploma.
In general, women were more likely to get promoted from jobs in sales or service to higher pay for higher-skilled jobs, the report found.
The data is based on interviews with 7,600 full- and part-timers who are employed at businesses, including restaurants, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing.
The researchers surveyed employers, employees, and employers of their own children.
The APD also used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to examine how many women are being hired in higher positions.
The bureau’s 2016 Occupational Outlook report found that women in full-timing positions