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 typically earn 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 earn a median annual income of $106,652.
Engineers design, modify and repair chemical, electrical, computer, mechanical, and other physical structures. They specialize in areas like civil, mechanical, computer, electrical, and chemical engineering. Earnings vary according to the engineering discipline, but median salaries often approach
or exceed six figures. For example, chemical engineers earn a median annual salary of $96,824. The median annual income for a woman who works in an architecture or engineering occupation is $71,864.
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. Women human resources managers earn a median annual income of $83,148.
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 attorneys earn a median annual income of $86,580.
Software developers create and help devise computer programs. They do everything from analyzing users' needs to designing applications and helping write code to improve existing software. This field is projected to grow quickly over the next few years. The Bureau
of Labor Statistics forecasts 22% growth between 2020 and 2030. That’s much faster than average. Women software developers earn a median annual income of $89,856.
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. Female IT managers earn a median annual income of $99,320.
Pharmacists manage and dispense medications to patients who have received a prescription from their doctors. Pharmacists also offer advice on medication usage. Pharmacists must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and must be licensed. Pharmacists can obtain
licensure by passing two professional exams. Women pharmacists make a median income of $112,320 per year.
Physicians examine patients, diagnose medical conditions, prescribe medications, and devise treatment plans. There are over 100 different specialties and subspecialties for physicians, including family physician, internal medicine, pediatrician, OB/GYN, and surgeon.
Women physicians earn a median annual income of $99,060, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Physician assistants (PAs) assess the medical status of patients, diagnose illnesses/injuries, and recommend treatments. They work in hospitals, health care facilities, and group medical practices. PAs consult with physicians and refer complex cases to
physicians, surgeons, and specialists. Female PAs earn a median annual income of $98,488.
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. Women nurse practitioners earn a median annual income of $97,084.