Industries With a Growing Female Presence


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Today’s women are blazing the way for generations to come in many different industries. They have demonstrated talents and skills in every facet of life both domestically and professionally. Modern technology such as the Internet and cable television has given women the benefit of seeing firsthand what other women out there can accomplish. Many industries that were once dominated by males are seeing an increased presence of females, and not only are women joining the workforce in these industries, they are succeeding and sometimes even surpassing their male counterparts.

Maritime Industry

According to a recent article in World Maritime News, a shortage of workers in the shipping, shipbuilding, and related industries has opened up many opportunities for women. Not only are companies hiring more women, they recognize that doing so means more profit for them. This study, published in February of 2016 covered 22,000 companies in 91 different countries. And what it found is that businesses that increased the number of women in executive roles from 0% to 30% could boost company profits by 15%. There are also networking opportunities for these women with organizations such as the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) that help keep these women connected in the industry.


While it may be a surprise to men, women have burst onto the scene and have had great success in the poker industry. In the early 2000s, the game of poker became more accessible with more publicity on television stations and opportunities for online gaming. With increasing opportunities to try their “hand” at this game, women have even begun entering the World Series of Poker (WSOP). In fact, in 2012 two women were in the final 20 poker players at a WSOP Main Event. Not only are women participating in these tournaments, they are winning big money. Take Vanessa Selbst, for example, who became the first female poker player to break $10 million in all-time poker winnings this past year.


The insurance industry was once completely dominated by men. However, this is one field of business that women are not only growing in presence, they are taking it over. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a recent study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that women now make up 61% of the insurance workforce. In fact, in 2015 there were 1.6 million women working in this industry. And many of these women are home-based workers, allowing them the flexibility to juggle the many roles that women so graciously take on these days.

Tech Giants


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The high-tech industry encompasses many areas, industries, and occupations. It is basically any job in the areas of cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology. Many of the employees in the various sectors of the high-tech industry have backgrounds in science, technology, or engineering. And with the growing number of women studying in these fields, high tech is a natural fit. In fact, some of the best-paying jobs for women fall into the categories of the high-tech industry. For example, women in the field of software development can command a salary of around $72,000 a year, making this high-tech job one of the top paying career choices for women.


Considering the fact that most women are accustomed to managing multiple roles throughout their adulthood, it makes sense that many would choose to become entrepreneurs. With a reported 9.4 million enterprises owned by women in 2015, it is evident this is an industry where women shine. And these women are across the board in industries they go into from hair salons to philanthropy to the high-tech industry and all the areas in between. Not only are women entering the field of entrepreneurship by record numbers, according to a recent study, they are actually outperforming men in several ways.

Sporting World


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Up until recently, athletic trainers were primarily men, especially for professional sports teams. And while this is still a very male-dominated field, more and more women are making their presence known here. Currently over 50 percent of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) are women. Most of these women are not currently in the more lucrative positions in this industry, however, this is changing. In 2012, Sue Falsone became the first female Head Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And several additional women have followed in her footsteps, paving the way for even more to come.

While there are still a number of areas such as accounting and law enforcement that are very much dominated by men, the number of women in these and many other industries continue to grow. And not only are women becoming more of a presence across the board, their earning power continues to increase. So keep breaking those glass ceilings ladies: all it takes one woman in an industry to break through and open up opportunities for generations of women to come!