Veterinarian Tops List of Women-Dominated Jobs

Who runs the world? Women are changing the landscape of the current workforce, and there is one familiar occupation that has shown the largest increase in female workers.
Kerry Lengyel
Published: March 22, 2018
In 2000, women represented 40.5 percent of the workforce in the United States. In 2016, that number jumped to 43.1 percent. And while the overall participation of women continues to climb, there are some careers that women are dominating more than others.

Comparing U.S. census data from 2000 and 2016 on employment composition by gender in over 300 occupations, 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and commentary website, compiled a list of the 20 jobs that have become most dominated by women.

Although more than half of the workers in each of the top 20 jobs on the list are women, analysts focused on how much of an increase there was in the share of women between 2000 and 2016.

No. 20, with a 6.4 percent 16-year change in the share of women, was public relations specialist. But No. 1 on this list, with a 25.1 percent 16-year change, was none other than veterinarian.

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According to 24/7 Wall St., “no job has become dominated by women faster than veterinarians.” And the proof is in the pudding. In 2000, there were 15,140 female veterinarians (34 percent of total), compared with 38,885 female veterinarians (59.1 percent of total) in 2016.

“The rising share of female animal doctors mirrors the longstanding trend of women entering science and engineering occupations at higher rates,” 24/7 Wall St. reported.

While veterinarians topped this list as the profession most dominated by women over the past 16 years, other animal-related occupations made the list, as well.

At No. 12 on this list, nonfarm animal caretakers saw a 7.7 percent 16-year change in its share of women. This occupation includes those who exercise, groom and feed animals in a vast array of settings, such as zoos, aquariums, kennels and animal shelters.

The list includes the following data regarding this occupation:
  • 2000 female workers: 32,130 (63.7 percent of total)
  • 2016 female workers: 86,341 (71.4 percent of total)
  • Median earnings: $25,210
  • Wage gap: 78.7 percent in 2016, down from 82.4 percent in 2000

And at No. 6 on this list, animal trainers had a 11.2 percent 16-year change in its share of women. In 2000, the majority of animal trainers were male, but that fact has greatly changed over the years.

The list includes the following data regarding this occupation:
  • 2000 female workers: 9,180 (40.6% of total)
  • 2016 female workers: 15,037 (51.8% of total)
  • Median earnings: $29,978
  • Wage gap: 77.9 percent in 2016, down from 81.1 percent in 2000

Luckily, for all workers, the gender pay gap decreased slightly — women earned 0.73 for every dollar men earned in 2000 compared with 0.80 for every dollar men earned in 2016. There is still much room for improvement for women in the workplace, but the signs do point north for veterinarians and many other animal-related professions.

Click here to see the full list of women-dominated professions.

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