Computer systems analyst, public relations manager, dental hygienist and physical therapist have been named among the best jobs for women in a new CareerCast report identifying professions that provide a competitive salary and positive hiring outlook, and that employ a high number of women in the field.
In 2012, 57.7 percent of U.S. women were in the labor force, and the women's civilian labor force is expected to increase by 9 percent, or 6,462,000, through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"As more women continue to enter the workforce, more careers are emerging to provide an equal opportunity to succeed both professionally and financially," said Tony Lee, publisher for CareerCast. "The professions we have identified pay well, have a large percentage of women working in the field and are expected to offer solid opportunities for growth."
In the information technology sector, for example, opportunities for women have grown dramatically in the 21st century, and the continued importance of IT in all aspects of the American economy and workforce will translate to a more diverse hiring landscape.
Computer systems analyst is one of many fast-growing jobs for which gender takes a back seat to skill, experience and passion. In fact, the field employs more women than almost any other IT specialty, at 34.9 percent last year, according to BLS. And with competitive pay and a very positive hiring outlook through 2022, computer systems analyst is ranked as one of CareerCast's best jobs for women in 2014.
Other top jobs in which women comprise more than 60 percent of the workforce while also earning compensation comparable to their male counterparts include occupational and physical therapist, actuary, event planner, advertising and promotions manager, human resources manager, and education administrator.
Best jobs for women
Actuary: BLS annual average salary: $93,680 Projected outlook: 26 percent
Advertising and promotions manager: BLS annual average salary: $115,750 Projected outlook: 12 percent
Computer systems analyst: BLS annual average salary: $79,680 Projected outlook: 25 percent
Dental hygienist: BLS annual average salary: $70,210 Projected outlook: 33 percent
Education administrator: BLS annual average salary: $86,490 Projected outlook: 15 percent
Event planner: BLS annual average salary: $45,810 Projected outlook: 33 percent
Human resources manager: BLS annual average salary: $99,720 Projected outlook: 13 percent
Market research analyst: BLS annual average salary: $60,300 Projected outlook: 32 percent
Occupational therapist: BLS annual average salary: $55,870 Projected outlook: 19 percent
Physical therapist: BLS annual average salary: $79,860 Projected outlook: 36 percent
Public relations manager: BLS annual average salary: $95,450 Projected outlook: 13 percent
Speech pathologist: BLS annual average salary: $69,870 Projected outlook: 19 percent
To see the full report, go to careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-jobs-women-2014.