When I began writing this week, my intention was to take a brief look at the most common jobs for women around the world and the average salaries that go along with them. Knowing how much career choices for women have expanded over the past several decades, and that 40% of business owners in the U.S. are women—not to mention that women are on the verge of outnumbering men in the workforce—I was excited to see the results of my research. I began with a basic Google search to try and find some news stories and statistical info on the subject. However, in the first five minutes of my search, my article focus took a drastic turn.
As I typed ‘the most common jobs for women around the world’ into the search box, I was expecting to see links to articles about noble yet stereotypical professions like nurse and teacher at the top of the career list. But instead, here is what appeared on my screen:
Top Seven Search Results For ‘Most Common Jobs For Women’
- Sexual harassment – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Gender role – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- How to Give a Great Blow Job
- Looking for Jobs Around the World
- Women roles in World War 2
- How to give a blow job common problems and solutions
- Where Women Work: 20 Most Common Occupations – Careers Articles
It’s Just A Google Search, Right?
When I saw these first seven links, my reaction was that I must have made some crazy typos. Why would it take seven links before there was an article listed that actually addressed such a specific search? However, when I realized I had made no mistakes, my stomach sank. How can new technology yield such ancient results? Does this mean that men are just better at coding and picking keywords and meta tags for their websites? But even if that’s the case, why in the heck are they plugging such key words as ‘most common jobs for women’ in links about sexual harassment and blow jobs!?
Just The Facts, Ma’am
In spite of the roadblocks I encountered on the information superhighway, I still wanted to know some employment stats for women. Eventually I ended up on the U.S. government’s Department of Labor website, where they have a specific ‘Women’s Bureau” full of lots of useful facts and stats. Unlike many government websites, I actually found this one to be well organized and easy to use. It’s a treasure trove of information—particularly interesting in a down economy!
The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same
I was really curious to see what the top jobs (by numbers employed) were for U.S. women. And interested to see how things had changed from when my mother was entering the workforce, and most of her friends were either secretaries, nurses or teachers. Guess what? The top three top employers for women in 2009 were…1) Secretaries 2) Nurses and 3) Teachers! Apparently the generation gap is not as big as we might think…
More To Know From Women & Co.
Let’s face it—the top 3 jobs for women are not usually considered to be high income generators. But, as we all know, how much you make is only one part of the puzzle. The more important thing is what you do with what you have. And it seems that even though women are often in the same types of jobs they were a generation ago, they are taking a much more active role in their financial futures.
According to Women and Co., “Modern Women are taking the reins when it comes to earning, planning and investing our wealth.” Which explains how, even though many of us have the same jobs our mothers and even grandmothers had, we’re finding our financial clout growing! For example:
-A generation ago, 39% of women were knowledgeable about investing. Today 82% of women are knowledgeable about investing.
-A generation ago, 24% of women had a financial adviser. Today 57% have a financial advisor
-A generation ago, 53% of women set financial objectives. Today 93% set financial objectives!
That’s a huge shift in just a single generation! Even though the top employers of women remain much the same as they did a generation ago, that doesn’t reflect how very diverse women’s career paths actually are today. Not to mention that by 2028 the average woman is expected to earn more than the average man! And with women filling jobs at a faster rate than men, while taking a more active role in their finances and their fates—no search engine can hide those facts for too long!
Tell us in the comments: Why do you think Fabulous & Frugal's quest for information was so difficult?