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6 Growing Fields with Advantages for Women

A new study says job prospects are strong for them here

By Andrew Ward | AOL Jobs | August 18, 2014

(This article appeared previously on AOLJobs.com

In terms of progress, women in the workplace are moving in the right direction. But women are still not receiving equal treatment in the workplace, earning an estimated 82 percent of the wage a male receives. In the medical field, women have reportedly made as low as 71 percent of their male colleague's salaries.

 
With this knowledge in hand, global business leader IBISWorld worked off recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data and its own database of industry reports to find employment advantages for women in the workforce.

These six industries demonstrated unique opportunities and the ability to grow jobs and wealth — for women and the industry as a whole:
 
1. Tire Manufacturing
 
Between 2009 and 2013, tire manufacturing grew female jobs by a sizable 16.8 percent. With domestic tire demands taking around two-thirds of the market, and tire shipments increasing 3.3 percent between 2009 and 2014, the need for tires doesn't seem to be going away. With those kinds of numbers, women should be ready to demonstrate their skills on their way to an average $62,200 a year salary.

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2. E-Commerce & Online Auctions
 
It's been pretty well established that women tend to hold the buying power in families, so it's no surprise that their retail acumen has translated to sales positions. They tend to know best when it comes to purchasing.
 
When combining buying power with tech-savvy women, the results can be lucrative for business. This field has a projected five-year growth of 10.3 percent, so its workforce needed to expand. With an average salary at $69,500 a year, women entering this field should not settle for anything but the top dollar for their expertise.
 
3. Oil Drilling & Gas Extraction
 
The world of oil has been a man's world for most of its history. But more affordable research and the demand for new advancements has the industry calling for the best minds around. Women are in demand.
By 2013, women's presence in the industry rose by 11.6 percent. Most of the hiring has women taking over the technical aspect of the business. With an average salary in 2013 coming out to $131,800, it's no surprise that both genders are clamoring for jobs in the black gold business.
 
4. Optometrists
 
The timing of the medical field's decline in skilled workers couldn't have synced up at a worst time, since there's an influx of new patients seeking care. That has become great for new medical professionals. The demand hasn't been this high in years.
 
In the osteopathic field, women made up 64.5 percent of graduates. While the average industry wage ($38,400) may not catch your eye, the future might. A woman practicing for five years is expected to earn a salary of at least $100,000. With women seeing a 9.4 percent increase in hiring over the last five years, the future in optometry is looking bright.

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5. Home Care Providers
 
Demand is growing more than ever for home care providers, with the aging boomer population. They'll need care, and as of 2013, 88.2 percent of the time, when a home care worker was needed, a woman held the job. And with a 6.8 percent increase in females over the last five years, it is apparent this industry is steady for female employment.
 
With low hiring requirements and fees, gaining employment shouldn't come as hard as it may have in some of the previously listed industries. However, the average salary is just $25,600, so it could be hard to make a living wage. This could serve as a great way for anyone looking to break into the medical field and earn some extra experience on their résumés, though.
 
6. Hair & Nail Salons
 
Another industry that's already female dominated, the salon industry saw female employee numbers grow by 6.8 percent over the last five years. The pay ($13,200) and prestige may not rival those in the medical field, but this industry has shown consistent growth. And with five-year employment growth expected to be around 3.8 percent, the industry is another stable hiring profession for females.
 
A 2007 study by the Professional Beauty Association showed that women made up 61 percent of owners in the industry. So some women may find the prospect of being an entrepreneur attractive. It's worth remembering that female entrepreneurs beat their male counterparts when it comes to their happiness.

Andrew Ward is a freelance editor and writer, covering genres from finance to dance music. In 2013, he began running his own creative content business under his name.