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women in the workplaceIt’s a new year and for many of us, that means a new you. From hefty workout plans to visions boards and all that in between, we all want to do better and be better. And with all this self-improvement, improved careers are at the forefront. According to Forbes, 80% of the working public claimed to they will look for a new job in the new year, while 60% wanted a new career altogether.

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The author of “Best Jobs For The 21st Century,” Dr. Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D analyzed women as they relate to the working world and those women who reported a “very high” satisfaction rate in their careers are the women who caught Dr. Shatkin’s eye.

As reported on Forbes, “based on the National Survey of College Graduates, the highest median annual earnings as of 2011, strong projected growth through 2020 and the largest number of total annual openings, as tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor.”

Check out some of the interesting results below:

1. Diagnosing medical doctors (Physicians, Dentists, Optometrists, etc.)

Percentage reporting high satisfaction levels: 60%

Median salary: $121,000

Forecasted growth through 2020: 27%

Average annual openings: 79,000

2. Health Professionals (e.g. Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Dieticians)

Percentage reporting high satisfaction levels: 52%

Median salary: $70,000

Forecasted growth through 2020: 26%

Average annual openings: 141,000

3. Medical Scientists (excluding practitioners)

Percentage reporting high satisfaction levels: 56%

Median salary: $76,000

Forecasted growth through 2020: 36%

Average annual openings: 4,000

4. Lawyers and Judges

Percentage reporting high satisfaction levels: 55%

Median salary: $112,000

Forecasted growth through 2020: 10%

Average annual openings: 23,000

5. Actuaries

Percentage reporting high satisfaction levels: 56%

Median salary: $91,000

Forecasted growth through 2020: 27%

Average annual openings: 2,000

Check out the full list on Forbes.

It’s very interesting to see the results of this study. Personally, I thought more nurturing jobs like that of teachers would rank very high, but it seems women feel happier as health care providers. However, women love to feel secure and nothing leads to more security, especially in the workplace, like compensation.

Jobs with a higher pay, obviously yield happier workers. For example, more and more women are receiving higher educations to provide themselves with lucrative lifestyles. These higher profile jobs are high in autonomy, which (as a surprise to me) is heavily sought out and enjoyed by women. There’s something about autonomy aka freedom to govern yourself that leads to employee commitment, better performance, improved productivity and lower turnover.

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