When it comes to equal pay for equal work, the U.S. still has a long way to go.
Yet even though women workers were paid 78 cents for every $1 earned by men in 2013, there are some fields where women are making inroads, according to a new study from employment site CareerCast. Many of the jobs are in so-called STEM fields, or jobs that are in professions focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Decades ago, the only employment opportunities available for many women were in what CareerCast publisher Tony Lee calls "the velvet ghetto," such as fields including nursing and teaching. While those occupations continue to be dominated by women, CareerCast found that women are moving into management roles within some of those fields, providing greater earnings and professional mobility than in previous generations.
"These are jobs that appear to be the best for women based on hiring activity, compensation and the percentage of women in the field and whether that's growing or not," Lee said. "We looked to make sure we weren't finding fields where women were gaining but salaries were not."
Students may want to consider these jobs for potential career directions, Lee added. "These are the ones that will continue to be good for a while," he said. "These are ones that women are making inroads in, and that should tell you that barriers that may have existed are disappearing."
Although CareerCast calls its ranking the "best" jobs for women, we're choosing to describe the list as good jobs since the former depends so much on personal preference and other subjective judgments.
Read on to learn about 11 good jobs for women in 2015.