Nontraditional Careers - Statistics at a Glance

On average, high earners with an associate degree earned about 15 percent more than those with a high school diploma.

Nearly 75% of tomorrows jobs will require use of computers, while fewer than 33% of participants in computer courses and related activities are girls.

A woman with a two-year associates degree earns 28% more than one with only a high school education.

Nearly 15 million women in the U.S. earn too little to cover basic living expenses for their families, despite working in full-time, year-round jobs. Education is one proven strategy for raising incomes.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up about 48% of the labor force; men 52%.

A married woman can expect to spend 34 years in the labor force.

An unmarried woman can expect to spend 41 years in the labor force.

Today 43% of women workers are in jobs paying below-poverty-level wages.

The poverty rate for married couple families is 4.7%, while the poverty rate for female-headed families is 24.7%.

Today 27% of male workers are in jobs with below-poverty-level wages.

Women ages 16 to 34 represent 1% of automobile mechanics.

Only 20% of Information Technology professionals are women.

Men represent 7.2% of registered nurses.

55% of parents and 66% of single parents want a male childcare worker for their nursery-aged child. The reality is that only 2% of childcare workers are men.

The median weekly earnings of women who were full-time wage and salary workers was $638, or 80% of mens $798. When comparing the median weekly earnings of persons ages 16 to 24, young women earned 91% of what young men earned ($420 and $461, respectively).