Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Women in the Labor Force: A Databook (2009 Edition)

Table 11. Employed persons by detailed occupation and sex, 2008 annual averages (Numbers in thousands)
Occupation Total employed Percent women

Total, 16 years and over

145,362 46.7

Management, professional, and related occupations

52,761 50.8

Management, business, and financial operations occupations

22,059 42.7

Management occupations

15,852 37.4

Chief executives

1,655 23.4

General and operations managers

985 30.1

Legislators

23 -

Advertising and promotions managers

77 62.1

Marketing and sales managers

922 42.0

Public relations managers

64 60.3

Administrative services managers

100 32.6

Computer and information systems managers

475 27.2

Financial managers

1,168 54.8

Human resources managers

293 66.3

Industrial production managers

243 14.5

Purchasing managers

193 40.4

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

239 17.0

Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers

217 23.9

Farmers and ranchers

751 24.4

Construction managers

1,244 8.2

Education administrators

829 65.1

Engineering managers

109 6.3

Food service managers

1,039 44.8

Funeral directors

45 -

Gaming managers

18 -

Lodging managers

177 46.7

Medical and health services managers

561 69.4

Natural sciences managers

15 -

Postmasters and mail superintendents

41 -

Property, real estate, and community association managers

558 49.6

Social and community service managers

338 68.1

Managers, all other

3,473 35.8

Business and financial operations occupations

6,207 56.2

Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

50 36.5

Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products

6 -

Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products

191 47.6

Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products

264 56.5

Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators

312 65.7

Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation

179 52.3

Cost estimators

100 10.0

Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists

803 70.7

Logisticians

50 47.2

Management analysts

731 43.5

Meeting and convention planners

55 79.2

Other business operations specialists

254 66.3

Accountants and auditors

1,762 61.1

Appraisers and assessors of real estate

102 33.4

Budget analysts

64 57.1

Credit analysts

20 -

Financial analysts

110 38.8

Personal financial advisors

430 34.3

Insurance underwriters

82 80.3

Financial examiners

7 -

Loan counselors and officers

392 58.0

Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents

58 64.2

Tax preparers

105 66.6

Financial specialists, all other

78 57.0

Professional and related occupations

30,702 56.7

Computer and mathematical occupations

3,676 24.8

Computer scientists and systems analysts

837 27.5

Computer programmers

534 22.4

Computer software engineers

1,034 20.9

Computer support specialists

382 27.7

Database administrators

93 29.2

Network and computer systems administrators

227 21.4

Network systems and data communications analysts

422 23.7

Actuaries

26 -

Mathematicians

3 -

Operations research analysts

75 47.6

Statisticians

41 -

Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations

3 -

Architecture and engineering occupations

2,931 13.5

Architects, except naval

233 24.8

Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists

49 -

Aerospace engineers

137 10.3

Agricultural engineers

3 -

Biomedical engineers

9 -

Chemical engineers

64 13.1

Civil engineers

346 10.4

Computer hardware engineers

69 19.4

Electrical and electronics engineers

350 7.7

Environmental engineers

37 -

Industrial engineers, including health and safety

177 14.9

Marine engineers and naval architects

17 -

Materials engineers

40 -

Mechanical engineers

318 6.7

Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers

10 -

Nuclear engineers

9 -

Petroleum engineers

18 -

Engineers, all other

363 11.5

Drafters

162 23.4

Engineering technicians, except drafters

416 18.5

Surveying and mapping technicians

105 4.9

Life, physical, and social science occupations

1,307 46.1

Agricultural and food scientists

38 -

Biological scientists

101 52.9

Conservation scientists and foresters

24 -

Medical scientists

132 52.3

Astronomers and physicists

19 -

Atmospheric and space scientists

10 -

Chemists and materials scientists

118 33.1

Environmental scientists and geoscientists

85 29.3

Physical scientists, all other

136 40.7

Economists

19 -

Market and survey researchers

134 57.0

Psychologists

176 66.9

Sociologists

2 -

Urban and regional planners

32 -

Miscellaneous social scientists and related workers

41 -

Agricultural and food science technicians

24 -

Biological technicians

24 -

Chemical technicians

53 35.2

Geological and petroleum technicians

9 -

Nuclear technicians

3 -

Other life, physical, and social science technicians

129 48.3

Community and social services occupations

2,293 60.3

Counselors

674 68.0

Social workers

729 79.4

Miscellaneous community and social service specialists

303 61.4

Clergy

441 14.8

Directors, religious activities and education

50 63.5

Religious workers, all other

95 65.6

Legal occupations

1,671 51.9

Lawyers

1,014 34.4

Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers

54 43.6

Paralegals and legal assistants

346 87.7

Miscellaneous legal support workers

257 74.5

Education, training, and library occupations

8,605 74.0

Postsecondary teachers

1,218 46.1

Preschool and kindergarten teachers

685 97.6

Elementary and middle school teachers

2,958 81.2

Secondary school teachers

1,210 56.0

Special education teachers

387 84.9

Other teachers and instructors

751 66.9

Archivists, curators, and museum technicians

35 -

Librarians

197 83.5

Library technicians

44 -

Teacher assistants

1,020 91.7

Other education, training, and library workers

101 76.0

Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations

2,820 47.8

Artists and related workers

213 48.6

Designers

834 57.5

Actors

30 -

Producers and directors

154 38.5

Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers

252 32.5

Dancers and choreographers

25 -

Musicians, singers, and related workers

186 29.3

Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers, all other

39 -

Announcers

41 -

News analysts, reporters and correspondents

94 45.4

Public relations specialists

135 61.6

Editors

171 54.8

Technical writers

47 -

Writers and authors

186 57.3

Miscellaneous media and communication workers

83 72.2

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators

98 16.1

Photographers

181 44.1

Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors

50 15.3

Media and communication equipment workers, all other

1 -

Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations

7,399 74.6

Chiropractors

60 15.3

Dentists

152 27.2

Dietitians and nutritionists

100 90.0

Optometrists

37 -

Pharmacists

243 51.8

Physicians and surgeons

877 30.5

Physician assistants

99 66.9

Podiatrists

12 -

Registered nurses

2,778 91.7

Audiologists

12 -

Occupational therapists

87 95.9

Physical therapists

197 69.0

Radiation therapists

20 -

Recreational therapists

17 -

Respiratory therapists

109 68.3

Speech-language pathologists

133 98.1

Therapists, all other

107 80.8

Veterinarians

56 56.7

Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other

20 -

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians

351 75.7

Dental hygienists

143 97.7

Diagnostic related technologists and technicians

298 72.0

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

138 30.2

Health diagnosing and treating practitioner support technicians

447 76.7

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

566 93.3

Medical records and health information technicians

98 95.0

Opticians, dispensing

50 63.4

Miscellaneous health technologists and technicians

139 63.0

Other healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

52 42.1

Service occupations

24,451 57.2

Healthcare support occupations

3,212 88.8

Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

1,889 88.7

Occupational therapist assistants and aides

7 -

Physical therapist assistants and aides

75 77.0

Massage therapists

147 84.5

Dental assistants

263 96.3

Medical assistants and other healthcare support occupations

831 88.8

Protective service occupations

3,047 22.8

First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers

42 -

First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives

117 14.7

First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers

54 8.7

Supervisors, protective service workers, all other

102 21.7

Fire fighters

293 4.8

Fire inspectors

27 -

Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers

403 30.0

Detectives and criminal investigators

139 19.2

Fish and game wardens

4 -

Parking enforcement workers

6 -

Police and sheriff's patrol officers

674 14.7

Transit and railroad police

5 -

Animal control workers

9 -

Private detectives and investigators

89 39.4

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

867 23.6

Crossing guards

68 73.5

Lifeguards and other protective service workers

148 52.3

Food preparation and serving related occupations

7,824 56.0

Chefs and head cooks

351 17.0

First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers

635 57.8

Cooks

1,997 40.1

Food preparation workers

724 60.7

Bartenders

365 58.3

Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

323 68.5

Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop

323 64.1

Waiters and waitresses

2,010 73.2

Food servers, nonrestaurant

187 70.5

Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

349 47.8

Dishwashers

289 22.7

Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

263 88.7

Food preparation and serving related workers, all other

7 -

Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations

5,445 40.2

First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers

296 39.9

First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

258 7.5

Janitors and building cleaners

2,125 32.2

Maids and housekeeping cleaners

1,434 89.8

Pest control workers

71 8.2

Grounds maintenance workers

1,262 6.1

Personal care and service occupations

4,923 78.4

First-line supervisors/managers of gaming workers

155 38.6

First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers

174 73.2

Animal trainers

40 -

Nonfarm animal caretakers

157 73.5

Gaming services workers

111 51.5

Motion picture projectionists

7 -

Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

42 -

Miscellaneous entertainment attendants and related workers

166 43.0

Funeral service workers

13 -

Barbers

87 20.8

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

773 90.6

Miscellaneous personal appearance workers

229 82.3

Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges

72 17.3

Tour and travel guides

35 -

Transportation attendants

139 71.0

Child care workers

1,314 95.6

Personal and home care aides

871 85.4

Recreation and fitness workers

353 68.1

Residential advisors

70 65.8

Personal care and service workers, all other

114 54.1

Sales and office occupations

35,544 63.2

Sales and related occupations

16,295 49.5

First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers

3,471 43.3

First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers

1,287 26.1

Cashiers

3,031 75.5

Counter and rental clerks

161 50.4

Parts salespersons

119 10.8

Retail salespersons

3,416 52.2

Advertising sales agents

216 54.7

Insurance sales agents

573 46.9

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

388 27.9

Travel agents

98 71.6

Sales representatives, services, all other

521 34.4

Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing

1,343 27.3

Models, demonstrators, and product promoters

74 79.0

Real estate brokers and sales agents

962 54.4

Sales engineers

40 -

Telemarketers

139 66.3

Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers

243 62.2

Sales and related workers, all other

212 61.1

Office and administrative support occupations

19,249 74.8

First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers

1,641 71.2

Switchboard operators, including answering service

49 -

Telephone operators

48 -

Communications equipment operators, all other

11 -

Bill and account collectors

232 68.0

Billing and posting clerks and machine operators

516 90.9

Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

1,434 91.5

Gaming cage workers

16 -

Payroll and timekeeping clerks

158 90.1

Procurement clerks

26 -

Tellers

466 84.8

Brokerage clerks

5 -

Correspondence clerks

7 -

Court, municipal, and license clerks

100 75.6

Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks

64 71.1

Customer service representatives

1,908 68.3

Eligibility interviewers, government programs

63 83.9

File clerks

364 83.8

Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

120 71.9

Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

146 82.2

Library assistants, clerical

107 83.8

Loan interviewers and clerks

122 84.7

New accounts clerks

23 -

Order clerks

112 58.8

Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping

52 84.8

Receptionists and information clerks

1,413 93.6

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

136 60.9

Information and record clerks, all other

107 91.1

Cargo and freight agents

19 -

Couriers and messengers

261 17.4

Dispatchers

286 57.4

Meter readers, utilities

45 -

Postal service clerks

167 53.7

Postal service mail carriers

373 33.0

Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

90 42.7

Production, planning, and expediting clerks

269 58.2

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

543 32.8

Stock clerks and order fillers

1,481 35.4

Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

63 44.7

Secretaries and administrative assistants

3,296 96.1

Computer operators

134 51.4

Data entry keyers

415 77.3

Word processors and typists

149 92.9

Desktop publishers

4 -

Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

275 83.4

Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service

123 49.0

Office clerks, general

1,176 84.4

Office machine operators, except computer

43 -

Proofreaders and copy markers

13 -

Statistical assistants

19 -

Office and administrative support workers, all other

558 77.3

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations

14,806 4.2

Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations

988 21.1

First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

48 -

Agricultural inspectors

24 -

Animal breeders

12 -

Graders and sorters, agricultural products

63 65.3

Miscellaneous agricultural workers

723 19.3

Fishers and related fishing workers

36 -

Hunters and trappers

1 -

Forest and conservation workers

8 -

Logging workers

73 1.0

Construction and extraction occupations

8,667 2.5

First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers

844 2.7

Boilermakers

22 -

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons

230 0.4

Carpenters

1,562 1.5

Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers

224 2.3

Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers

90 -

Construction laborers

1,651 3.1

Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

24 -

Pile-driver operators

3 -

Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

398 1.5

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers

209 2.1

Electricians

874 1.0

Glaziers

49 -

Insulation workers

38 -

Painters, construction and maintenance

647 6.3

Paperhangers

8 -

Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

606 1.4

Plasterers and stucco masons

46 -

Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

15 -

Roofers

234 1.3

Sheet metal workers

136 4.8

Structural iron and steel workers

77 0.9

Helpers, construction trades

113 4.1

Construction and building inspectors

93 9.5

Elevator installers and repairers

38 -

Fence erectors

38 -

Hazardous materials removal workers

23 -

Highway maintenance workers

103 1.9

Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators

15 -

Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

11 -

Miscellaneous construction and related workers

38 -

Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining

40 -

Earth drillers, except oil and gas

35 -

Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters

11 -

Mining machine operators

51 2.2

Roof bolters, mining

4 -

Roustabouts, oil and gas

7 -

Helpers—extraction workers

7 -

Other extraction workers

55 2.8

Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations

5,152 3.9

First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers

300 8.0

Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers

335 10.5

Radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers

200 11.4

Avionics technicians

18 -

Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

24 -

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment

3 -

Electrical and electronics repairers, industrial and utility

18 -

Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles

27 -

Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers

75 1.6

Security and fire alarm systems installers

62 -

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

153 1.7

Automotive body and related repairers

157 2.1

Automotive glass installers and repairers

28 -

Automotive service technicians and mechanics

852 1.6

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

358 0.9

Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics

217 1.1

Small engine mechanics

64 2.0

Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers

86 1.9

Control and valve installers and repairers

21 -

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

397 2.0

Home appliance repairers

51 5.3

Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics

439 2.6

Maintenance and repair workers, general

461 3.5

Maintenance workers, machinery

39 -

Millwrights

60 0.9

Electrical power-line installers and repairers

109 1.4

Telecommunications line installers and repairers

204 3.3

Precision instrument and equipment repairers

58 15.4

Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers

41 -

Commercial divers

3 -

Locksmiths and safe repairers

31 -

Manufactured building and mobile home installers

12 -

Riggers

8 -

Signal and track switch repairers

5 -

Helpers—installation, maintenance, and repair workers

23 -

Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers

213 7.5

Production, transportation, and material moving occupations

17,800 22.4

Production occupations

8,973 29.7

First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers

874 18.1

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

18 -

Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers

203 57.8

Engine and other machine assemblers

13 -

Structural metal fabricators and fitters

36 -

Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators

1,050 35.0

Bakers

194 55.7

Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers

309 26.8

Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders

11 -

Food batchmakers

73 53.5

Food cooking machine operators and tenders

7 -

Computer control programmers and operators

68 8.7

Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

9 -

Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

9 -

Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

12 -

Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

105 20.2

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

4 -

Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

50 19.7

Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

20 -

Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

8 -

Machinists

409 6.9

Metal furnace and kiln operators and tenders

24 -

Model makers and patternmakers, metal and plastic

10 -

Molders and molding machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

58 18.1

Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

4 -

Tool and die makers

71 1.0

Welding, soldering, and brazing workers

598 4.7

Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

11 -

Lay-out workers, metal and plastic

9 -

Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

13 -

Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners

7 -

Metalworkers and plastic workers, all other

349 21.1

Bookbinders and bindery workers

36 -

Job printers

47 -

Prepress technicians and workers

44 -

Printing machine operators

213 19.8

Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

239 60.8

Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

57 79.2

Sewing machine operators

226 78.2

Shoe and leather workers and repairers

8 -

Shoe machine operators and tenders

6 -

Tailors, dressmakers, and sewers

71 84.2

Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders

3 -

Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders

6 -

Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

5 -

Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders

17 -

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

2 -

Fabric and apparel patternmakers

2 -

Upholsterers

56 19.7

Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other

21 -

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

85 6.5

Furniture finishers

19 -

Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood

44 -

Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing

22 -

Woodworkers, all other

37 -

Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers

55 9.2

Stationary engineers and boiler operators

101 1.7

Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators

71 8.6

Miscellaneous plant and system operators

34 -

Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders

52 15.4

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers

108 13.3

Cutting workers

80 26.7

Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

29 -

Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders

16 -

Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

751 41.3

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers

59 47.0

Medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians

95 56.9

Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

261 51.5

Painting workers

183 13.6

Photographic process workers and processing machine operators

53 47.8

Semiconductor processors

7 -

Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders

11 -

Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders

10 -

Cooling and freezing equipment operators and tenders

2 -

Etchers and engravers

7 -

Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic

38 -

Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

42 -

Tire builders

14 -

Helpers—production workers

34 -

Production workers, all other

958 31.0

Transportation and material moving occupations

8,827 14.9

Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers

208 20.5

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

141 2.6

Air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists

27 -

Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

16 -

Bus drivers

651 49.0

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

3,388 4.9

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

373 13.3

Motor vehicle operators, all other

66 18.0

Locomotive engineers and operators

58 2.8

Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators

5 -

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

53 4.7

Subway, streetcar, and other rail transportation workers

18 -

Sailors and marine oilers

18 -

Ship and boat captains and operators

39 -

Ship engineers

5 -

Bridge and lock tenders

7 -

Parking lot attendants

83 12.6

Service station attendants

87 14.8

Transportation inspectors

51 11.3

Other transportation workers

19 -

Conveyor operators and tenders

5 -

Crane and tower operators

69 3.7

Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators

60 1.2

Hoist and winch operators

5 -

Industrial truck and tractor operators

568 8.9

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

317 9.5

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

1,889 17.1

Machine feeders and offbearers

34 -

Packers and packagers, hand

391 58.1

Pumping station operators

25 -

Refuse and recyclable material collectors

98 14.0

Shuttle car operators

5 -

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

2 -

Material moving workers, all other

48 -

NOTE: Dash indicates data not shown for occupations where employment base is less than 50,000.

SOURCE: Current Population Survey, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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