Two Higher Paying Jobs for Women


Out of more than 500 job categories tracked by the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), there are only two occupations in which women brought home greater median weekly pay than men in 2012: counselors and health practitioner support technologists and technicians. Both occupations are broadly defined categories that include several specific positions. Women counselors earn a median weekly paycheck of $855, as opposed to the $833 earned by their male counterparts. In health practitioner support technologist and technician positions, the median weekly salary for women is $621 versus $599 for men

However, to succeed in other well-paying jobs, women must hurdle societal as well as institutional biases, but the fact is few women choose to work in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).


I'd like to think that men also do a great job as counselors and as health practitioner support technologists and technicians, so why is there a difference in pay? Perhaps one could hazard a guess that it may be partly due to stereotyping or society's expectations that women are more nurturing, helpful and more given to paying attention to details. I think in any job, any difference in the pay scale between men and women is unfair and not right. There could only be a difference in giving out merits or pay increases as these should already be based on an individual's work performance, and not on one's gender.

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