High Paying Careers for Women

 The question of how much money women make continues to be a significant issue in the job seeking world. Although the focus around women's paychecks tend to be centered on how they match up to those of men, there are also discrepancies between what women in different careers make compared to one another.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 report, there is a varied range of careers that bring in high salaries for women: health occupations, law, and management jobs are among the top money-making positions.

Read on for the Department of Labor's ranking of the highest earning occupations for women, based on median weekly wages.


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Pharmacists manage and dispense medications to patients who have received a prescription from their doctors. Pharmacists also offer advice on medication usage.

While most pharmacists work in grocery and drug store pharmacies, others are employed in hospitals or in clinical settings.

Pharmacists must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and also must be licensed. Pharmacists can obtain licensure by passing two professional exams.

Female pharmacists make a median amount of $1,902 per week, or $98,904 per year.

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Nurse Practicioner

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Nurse practitioners coordinate patient care. Working independently or in collaboration with physicians, nurse practitioners provide either primary or specialty health care. They are also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and must have at least a master's degree in the field, and a state license.

Female nurse practitioners earn a median of $1,682 per week, or $87,464.

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Lawyers counsel and represent individual clients, businesses, non-profits, or government organizations on legal issues or in legal disputes. Becoming a lawyer requires a four-year bachelor's degree and three years of law school training.

In order to work professionally in the United States, lawyers must take and pass their state's bar examination.

Female lawyers earn a median income of $1,590 per week, or $82,680 per year.

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Chief executives plan, coordinate, and oversee a company's operations. They work to ensure that their companies meet their goals. Chief executives work in a variety of public and private-sector industries.

Although they earn, on average, the highest salary of all management positions, they also work extremely long hours and are essentially responsible for the success of their companies.

Female chief executives bring in a median of $1,572 per week, or $81,744.

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Computer and Information Systems Manager

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Computer and Information Systems Managers — also known as Information Technology Managers — devise, coordinate, implement and analyze computer-related projects.

Their responsibilities may involve direct work in both software and hardware, web design database development, as well as the overarching job of designing a company's IT approaches and strategies.

Most IT managers possess a bachelor's degree in a related field, although they many possess more specific graduate degrees.

Female IT managers earn a median of $1,529 per week, or $79,508.

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Software Developer

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Software developers create and help devise computer programs. They do everything from analyzing users' needs to designing applications and helping write code to improving current software.

Female software developers bring in a median of $1,457 per week, or $75,764.

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Physical Therapist

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Physical therapists help people with injury and illness manage pain and improve mobility. They work in private offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes.

To be a physical therapist, you must have both a four-year bachelor's degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, and be licensed.

Female physical therapists can expect to earn a median income of $1,307 per week, or $67,964.

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Human Resources Manager

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Human resources managers are responsible for recruiting, interviewing and hiring new members of a company's employee team.

In addition, they may be involved in other aspects of employee relations, including payroll, benefits and training. Human resources workers must also be equipped to handle workplace conflict and be ready to resolve disputes.

Female human resources employees earn a median of $1,300 per week, or $67,600.

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Purchasing Manager

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Purchasing managers plan, direct, and generally oversee the buying of particular products. They may work for organizations, retailers, or wholesalers. They might also work for the government,

As managers, they also hire, train, and supervise various employees, including buyers and purchasing agents.

Female teachers earn a median of $1,276 per week, or $66,352.

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Civil Engineer

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Civil engineers design, construct, and maintain the physical environment. They might work on projects involving roads, buildings, bridges, or water systems.

Civil engineers work in state, local, and federal government. They also work in the private sector for construction and engineering companies.

To be a civil engineer, you need to have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field. Civil engineers typically also have a related graduate-level degree.

Women working in civil engineering earn a median of $1,275 per week, or $66,300.

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