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According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the female participation rate fell to 57% in January 2021. This was the lowest since 1988, when it fell to less than 58% (compared to over 60% in the late 1990s and into the early 1980s).
It is believed that the childcare crisis, driven by pandemic daycare centers and school closings, has led many women with children to give up their jobs. However, some jobs are showing an increase.
SmartAsset analyzed the numbers to see which occupations are on the rise among female workers. This is SmartAsset’s third annual study of the fastest growing jobs for women in America. Check out the previous version here.
To find these jobs, we looked at the BLS employment figures for 2016 and compared them to 2020. For more information on how we found and analyzed our data, see the Data and Methodology section at the end.
Below are the fastest growing jobs for women.
1. Couriers and messengers
In 2016, 41,768 women worked as couriers and messengers.
By 2020, that number had increased by 212.75%, with a total of 130,628 women working in the field.
2. Vehicle and equipment cleaner
In 2020, 66,048 women were employed cleaning vehicles and related equipment. That is 23,408 more than the 42,640 in 2016, an increase of 54.9%.
This is an area where the rise in women far exceeded overall growth, which was just 4.88% between 2016 and 2020.
3. Market research analysts and marketers
Women are increasingly occupying positions as market research analysts and marketing specialists, which came in third in our study.
In 2016, 166,100 women were employed in these positions; by 2020 it was 54.53% to 256,668.
4. Supervisors of transportation and material handling workers
The oversight of transportation and material handling workers saw an overall increase in employment of 39.47% between 2016 and 2020.
For female employees, employment rose from 40,660 to 62,275, which corresponds to an increase of 53.16%.
Logisticians help a company to analyze and optimize its internal logistics.
In 2016, 37,145 women worked in these positions. By 2020 it was 50.78% when 56,007 were employed as logisticians.
6. Civil engineers
The total number of civil engineers actually fell from 425,000 to 422,000 between 2016 and 2020. This makes it the only role in the top 10 of this study to see a decline.
However, the number of women working as civil engineers has increased by 47.10% during this time – from 45,900 to 67,520.
7. PR and fundraising manager
Public relations and fundraiser managers help a company communicate well with the public.
The number of women in these professions rose from 43,958 to 63,080 between 2016 and 2020, an increase of 43.50%. Women make up 66.4% of this field.
8. Medical assistants
Medical assistants work with doctors and nurses to care for patients. This is another job where women are in the majority and make up 65.5% of the field in 2020.
The number of women working as medical assistants was 64,400 in 2016 and had increased to 92,355 in 2020, an increase of 43.41%.
9. Respiratory therapists
Here we have another medical area where women are in the majority – 72.4%, the highest percentage in the top 10 of this study.
In 2016 there were 61,740 female respiratory therapists. That number rose to 88,328 in 2020, an increase of 43.06%.
10. Detectives and detectives
This is an area where women are still a fairly small minority, with only 26.4% of detectives and detectives.
However, there was progress, as the number of women in these professions rose by 36.82% from 30,680 to 41,976 between 2016 and 2020.
Data and methodology
To find the fastest growing jobs for women, SmartAsset analyzed employment data from 2016 and 2020, the last year for which detailed job employment data is available.
We filtered out all professions that employed fewer than 25,000 women in 2016. We have also filtered out all professions with “other” or “other” in the title, as there is no job specificity.
We used the percentage change in women employed in each occupation over four years to rank all jobs from highest to lowest percentage increase.
All data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
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