by Kate Harveston
Trying to get your career started is a difficult thing to do in today’s economy to begin with. Sometimes you have to take whatever job you can get, and while it’s never fun to work a job that doesn’t have anything to do with your passions or dreams, it’s even worse to be underpaid for it.
This is, unfortunately, still the reality for many women in modern society. Discussion about the gender pay gap has gone on for what feels like forever, and while it has improved, we still have a long way to go.
Knowing all of this, I managed to compile a list of career paths, all from fairly different fields and probably tailorable to someone’s specific passions, that are doing a better job than most at bridging the pay gap. These are some of the more lucrative career paths for women who would like to avoid the pay gap, or maybe even get paid more than some of their male counterparts. Check out the pay differences for each job.
Architects typically study Architecture through to their master’s degree. Completion of a five-year course which is recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board is required. Internships usually follow to gain experience. Glassdoor ran a study that proved that women typically earn fourteen percent more than men in this field.
Depending on which area in music is of interest, music industry professionals tend to be extremely specific and take on multiple internships in their chosen field throughout their music major. They also report attending networking events and keeping abreast of all developments in the industry. Women tend to make $1.10 to every $1.00 a man makes.
A bachelor’s degree in social work is typically required to begin a career here. Once graduated, obtaining a license is key to progression. Depending on the state, the requirements are different but there tend to be four stages of licensing. Women make excellent social workers due to our empathic qualities, and we also tend to receive about $1.08 in this field for every $1.00 a man makes.
Deciding on the route to advertising expertise depends on your own skill set. Creatives could start as copywriters for example, and those who are business-oriented could move into brand management. A major in advertising, marketing or communications is key before then embarking on an internship. Once again specialization is important to get ahead in an otherwise competitive industry.
Women are doing great things in marketing and the pay gap here is the same as that for social workers (still favoring women!).
A bachelor’s degree in environmental science is a great start, but biology, engineering, chemistry or physics are usually accepted, too. What may not be sufficient for a strong entry-level position is stopping at a bachelor’s. Master’s degrees are usually desirable as well. Women are making great strides in the sciences and can even earn up to seven percent more than men in them.
Strike like you mean it and take chemical engineering as your bachelor’s. Then, complete an internship. Once again, master’s degrees are extremely important, especially for women combating discrimination on the hiring table. The engineering world is not the most women-friendly, however, but this proves that there is hope across the sector. Women in this sector may be able to expect to receive up to $1.05 for every $1.00 a man makes.
The Future Looks Brighter
If we take a look at one of the most unequal and male-dominated industry sectors in the states, technology, we see that there is indeed still hope. Currently, only 30 percent of the workforce in the sector is female. However, it shows that when women work hard to break these barriers, negative stereotypes and discrimination within the workplace, amazing things happen. Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook, Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube, Meg Whitman is the CEO of HP, and Grace Woo is the Founder of Pixels.IO. This probably would not have been the case even two decades ago.
While the pay gap between the above different careers is not terribly extreme, it’s a relief to know that in some industries and careers, women aren’t being paid lower than their male counterparts. An ideal future would see equal pay for both sexes across the board. Hopefully, further progress will continue to be made on this front, and we cannot wait to celebrate the future with talented and tenacious women.