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Uncovering the Best-Paying Jobs for Women

Uncovering the Best-Paying Jobs for Women

There’s still a long ways to go till we see the wage gap between men and women come down to zero in every industry, but over the years women have managed to significantly diminish this gap by working hard. There are some fields where not only the number of women working is higher, but where they also get competitive compensation. According to various reports, women get paid the most in the medical field and in top-level management jobs. Here are the best-paying jobs for women today.

Gynecologist

Gynecologists receive some of the best compensation among all the doctors and have been reported to be the source of the highest-paying jobs for women. This includes being an obstetrician as well. Most women working in these roles say that they are happy with their jobs and their compensation. This is also a stable industry and job demands are forecasted to only grow in the future.

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Anesthetist

Another unique job is an Anesthetist. The amount of expertise associated with putting a patient under anesthesia and then bringing them back to consciousness is high, which is why this is a high-paying position. Nurse Anesthetists must pass a certifying exam before they secure this job, in addition to their master’s degree in nursing or a related science field.

Pharmacist

You need to have an active interest in the field of medicine, health and wellness to be a pharmacist. This position also requires a person who is known to have an acute attention to detail. Pharmacists not only have to dispense medicine, they also need to answer general health-related queries that are presented to them.

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Optometrist

Optometrists are health care professionals that take care of ailments related to the eye. They diagnose, examine, and treat diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system. They need to earn a bachelor’s degree and then a doctorate before passing national and state exams. Only then are they are allowed to run a practice of their own. The hard work required for studying to be an optometrist is grueling, but the pay associated with such a job makes it all worthwhile.

Senior Marketing Manager

The job of a senior marketing manager involves the development and implementation of new strategies to fuel the marketing objectives of a company. This requires a high level of education, preferably a Master’s degree in Business with a major in Marketing, as well as excellent communication and overall verbal skills. These jobs are also known to be increasingly demanding and include working additional hours, although the perks associated with them make it worth all the pain and effort.

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Attorney and Lawyers

Another field that enables women to hold jobs that pay quite handsomely is law. Becoming a lawyer or attorney requires a high level of education, but these positions pay well, especially when you are experienced and have made a name for yourself.

As you can see, there are plenty of well-paying positions available to women today. Once upon a time, it was believed that the destiny of the woman was only to take care of the family, and that building a career was only an option for men. Today, this assumption is no longer the case. And it is not necessary to limit yourself to “lady’s” specialties.

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I have listed only a few of the professions that are conquered by women today. Modern women in many parts of the world have the same ability to get an education and find a high-paying position as their male counterparts. The main thing is to throw away doubts and laziness. A clear understanding of your goals, plus hard work, will ensure that you achieve success in any field and will be paid well for your work!

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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