10 of The Best Paying Careers for Women

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Although a few discriminations persist in the workplace such as the gender wage gap and workplace harassment, today’s women have the opportunity to not only go toe-to-toe with men but also pursue whatever careers they wish. Even pilot positions which were traditionally reserved for men are now open to female workers as long as you have a degree from a good university and requisite experience.

With this in mind, we want to round up some of the best and highest-paying careers any ambitious woman should consider. The median annual salary is indicated in brackets, next to the career title.


  • Attorney/Lay ($109,460)


Law is one of the best paying careers with plenty of room for growth. It’s also worth noting that currently, up to 45% of practicing lawyers are women.

Duties: The primary responsibility of a lawyer is to provide counsel to their clients. In addition, lawyers represent their clients in various courts of legal disputes. Clients can be individuals or corporations.

Qualifications: To become a lawyer, one has to first obtain a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Law from a recognized university and complete a three-year training course at a recognized law school. After that, you must also take and pass your state’s bar exam.


  • Chief Executive Officer ($99,840)


The CEO role is more of a position rather than a career in itself. However, it’s also one of the best positions you can hold. Currently, women occupy 19% of all CEO positions in the US.

Duties: The role of a CEO is to plan, coordinate, and oversee the operations of a company. These individuals work to ensure that their companies meet their goals.

Qualifications: The minimum requirements for CEOs in any sector are a Bachelor’s Degree in the industry and at least 5 years worth of senior managerial experience.


  • Pharmacy ($95,368)


Pharmacists work in drug stores, pharmacies, and hospitals. Currently, women make up 53% of pharmacists in the US.

Duties: A pharmacist is responsible for directly dispensing drugs to patients, a process that requires meticulous attention and scrutiny. They also offer advice on drug usage.

Qualifications: To become a pharmacist, one must possess a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree and obtain a practicing license by passing two professional examinations.


  • Nurse practitioners ($95,264)


Nearly 90% of all practicing nurses are women, making the field one of the most women-friendly.

Duties: The primary role of a registered nurse is to provide basic and specialty care to patients, either independently or under the instruction of a physician. Care here often means that you’ll be diagnosing and treating conditions and diseases as well as prescribing medication.

Qualifications: To become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), you must have at least a Master’s degree in nursing and get a state license.


  • Physician ($91,468)


Aside from becoming a nurse practitioner, women interested in the field of health can also pursue physician positions. Unlike practitioner nursing though, the physician field has more men than women.

Duties: Physicians examine patients, diagnose medical conditions, and prescribe drugs. Beyond that point duties vary depending on your specialty. There are currently over 100 specialty options in the field.

Qualifications: To become a physician, one must complete a four-year M. D. degree and a medical residency in addition to obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in biology or pre-medicine.


  • Computer system management ($84,708)


Also known as Information Technology managers or Information System managers, these professionals device, implement, and analyze computer-related projects. Women only make 12% of professionals in this field.

Duties: These professionals work directly in software, hardware, web design, and database development to design and develop a company’s IT approaches and strategies.

Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s degree in a related (IT) field is required, though a degree in a more specific field such as Computer Systems Management is better.


  • Software development ($80,236)


Women are largely underrepresented in tech, with studies attributing this to culture and history. If you have a passion for the field, though, software development is of the best careers you can pursue today.

Duties: A software developer designs and develops computer programs. They do everything from analyzing users’ needs to creating applications and writing code. It’s one of the fastest growing fields.

Qualifications: To become a software developer, you need a Bachelor’s degree in software development or software engineering.


  • Aviation ($72,979)


With a worldwide shortage of pilots creating ample jobs while also pushing up salaries at airlines, there couldn’t be a better time to pursue a career in aviation.

Duties: Aviation offers a wide range of career opportunities, including; aerospace engineering, operations technicians, air traffic control, flight attendants, and pilots. Each position comes with a different set of duties.

Qualifications: Qualifications also vary depending on the subcategory. However, a Bachelor’s degree from a good aviation university would be a good start. Experience is also vital. With pilots’ for example, accumulated flight hours directly affect your employability as well as salary.


  • Engineer ($67,964)


Another field dominated by men, engineering remains one of the most lucrative careers in the world. If you’re confident in your abilities, though, don’t hesitate to consider this career path.

Duties: The role of an engineer depends on the specific field. Is it electrical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or computer engineering?

Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree in the specific engineering field is required, but a Bachelor’s degree in physics is also acceptable.


  • Human resource management ($66,560) 


Finally, ambitious women should also consider a career in human resource management. The great news is – already, more than 60% of professionals holding these positions are women, so you’d be in good company.

Duties: Human resource managers are responsible for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new employees. They also help with employee relations and are often tasked with payroll management and employee benefits and training.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Human resource management or business administration should get you started here, although a Master’s degree in a related field may be required in bigger companies. Industry skills and experience are also vital.

Now, Make Your Pick

Any of the ten careers discussed above are excellent choices for women but, if you decide to look outside the list, other high-paying options to consider include; database administration, web development, graphic design, media, and architecture. Just remember that these high-paying careers are also very demanding and will require a high level of commitment and dedication.


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