Women now represent one-third of all MBA candidates and hold more bachelor's and advanced degrees than their male counterparts, according to Forbes. Women often juggle family and work responsibilities, an act that can leave many exhausted by the end of the work week. These five careers offer flexibility, an improved work-life balance and significant projected job growth that women will love.
The harsh realities of the 2008 recession have led to an increased demand for financial advisors and financial planners. If you are a natural budgeter who's skilled at balancing a spreadsheet, managing family money or coming in under the grocery store budget every time, this career may be a good match for you. The minimum training required for this job is a bachelor's degree, although there is not likely to be a job application form for a financial planner because most financial advisors are self-employed. This can be ideal for women who need a flexible work environment because they have children. The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the median pay for this position at $64,750 and projects a significant field growth of 32 percent from 2010-2020.
If you consider yourself compassionate and have thought about careers in social work or counseling, you may enjoy working as a life coach. As Women's Health notes, life coach certifications have increased 40 percent over the last five years. Life coaches provide actionable advice to folks who need encouragement and guidance. Women can set their own hours, work from home and accommodate their family's needs. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track life coaches specifically, they do note that career counselors make an average of $53,380 per year. Although you do not need a certificate to call yourself a life coach, obtaining a certificate from a coaching academy lends credibility and can help you recruit clients.
While women account for only 29 percent of actuaries, they report higher job satisfaction than men, notes Forbes. As actuaries, women can earn an average of $87,650 per year. The field is experiencing a faster-than-average growth rate of 27 percent from 2010-2020. The growth of big data will increase the need for actuaries, and women who are comfortable with number-crunching and risk-benefit analysis may enjoy the work.
The field is projected to experience a 25 percent growth rate from 2010-2020 and pays an average of $111,570 annually. Forbes recently rated pharmaceutical majors the highest-earning major women can study. Only one-fifth of pharmacists worked part time, but many worked night and weekend hours. Moms co-parenting may enjoy the flexibility, earning potential and interpersonal interactions of a pharmacy career.
Speech pathologists diagnose communication and swallowing issues and patients. Many work in schools and in nursing homes or rehab facilities. At present, the field is experiencing a 23-percent job growth and pays an average of $66,920. The work draws on women's communication and listening skills and offers a well-paid, rewarding full-time career.