The gender pay gap has been reduced in the past decade—but it certainly hasn’t disappeared. Women still earn about 77 cents for every dollar that is paid to a man, even though women now earn the majority of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Leveling the Wage Gap
However, progress continues to be made, especially in these careers:
- STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs for women are one of the brighter areas for those seeking sustainable, good-paying jobs. The U.S. Department of Commerce says in a recent study that STEM jobs for women pay 33 percent more money than women who hold jobs in non-STEM areas, which also means that the gender pay gap isn’t as wide for those in these areas. STEM jobs include computer programmers, actuaries, mechanical engineers, and doctors.
- Elementary, middle school, and secondary school female teachers also earn close to 94% of their male counterparts’ wages. Although women greatly outnumber men in teaching children and teenagers, they are more likely to take time off to raise their family and lose seniority, and so often make less money when they return to the classroom.
Notice that while the gender pay gap isn’t as pronounced in these careers, the difference between them is that STEM workplaces generally have more men, while secondary (and especially) elementary education claims more women.
Best-paying Jobs for Women
RMU’s STEM programs include some of the highest-paying careers for women:
Nurse practitioner (median pay level of $80,000). Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who undergo extra training and education to diagnosis and treat medical issues. RMU has several nurse practitioner programs, including Family Nurse Practitioner and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Computer and Information Systems Manager
(median pay level of $80,000). CIS managersdesign, develop, implement and manage information systems, and can specialize in multimedia, networking, programming, and e-commerce. RMU offers both bachelors and graduate degrees in CIS.
Medical Doctor (median pay level of $165,000). RMU has a pre-med curriculum set within two degrees and also has an agreement with several medical schools that allows select students guaranteed med school admission.
If you’re interested in health sciences, computer information systems, pre-med, or education degrees that are offered both on-campus and online, call RMU today at 800-762-0097.