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Women in management

| March 2017

In 2016, nearly 40 percent of all managers were women, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But in some management occupations, the percentage of women was even higher than that.

The chart shows management occupations in which more than half of workers were women. Employment is for both full- and part-time workers.

Managers, whether women or men, usually need years of experience in a related occupation; for example, education administrators may have been teachers, and financial managers might have worked as securities sales agents. Such experience may be part of the reason that median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers in most management occupations exceeded the $832 median weekly earnings for all workers. (Hover over bars in the chart to see earnings data for women.)

The occupations shown are projected to have at least average growth in employment between 2014 and 2024, with medical and health services managers, human resources managers, and social and community service managers expected to have even faster employment growth.

Data in the chart come from the BLS Current Population Survey. Projections are from the Employment Projections program.

Elka Torpey is an economist in the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, BLS. She can be reached at

Suggested citation:

Elka Torpey, "Women in management," Career Outlook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2017.

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