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Kentucky Women Dominate Business and Jobs

Updated on January 22, 2023
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Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

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A submarine found exploring in Kentucky waters. The state is surprising!
A submarine found exploring in Kentucky waters. The state is surprising!

The occupational outlook looks better for Kentucky women than for Kentucky men during the 2020s and 2030s.

Formerly Female-Dominated Kentucky Jobs Will Grow Fastest

Kentucky women have long been working in jobs traditionally held by women, with secretaries at the top of the list.

However, the state's women have been working successfully in other traditional roles as well, including the following:

  • Private household services,
  • Financial records processing,
  • Health assessment and treatment,
  • Health technologies, and
  • Cashiers.

Kentucky women have not largely worked in nontraditional, male-oriented occupations, including only small percentages of women in the roles of police officers and firefighters, engineers, construction laborers, material movers, mechanics, and construction tradespeople (in journeyman programs).

The occupational outlook looks better for Kentucky women than for Kentucky men during the 2020s and 2030s.

Men and women are equally likely to have jobs that are projected to decline in this state. However, men are more likely to be in jobs with low growth rates, while women are more likely to be in jobs with high growth rates through the 2010s.

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Female Dominated Jobs Gain Male Workers

Traditional "female-dominated" services and health care occupations are predicted to experience high growth or even hyper-growth (over 30 percent) in the 20010s alone.

One exception is the field of Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts, with a 57% growth margin through 2014 and growing to over 60% by 2024. Increasing numbers of women are entering IT professions, especially with regard to Oil & Gas and Aerospace.

This trend has spurred increasing numbers of men to enter nursing schools for RN programs. The trend is reinforced by effective male nurses portrayed on television in series like Code Black beginning in 2015 and continued in several other TV series Like New Amsterdam, The Resident, Grey's Anatomy, and others through 2023.

Other occupations entered into by increasing numbers of men include physical therapy assisting, medical assisting, and physician assisting. The aging American population is creating a need for these types of jobs through the 2030s in greater numbers to serve Baby Boomers, Generations X and Y and soon, Millennials.

"Voluntary Job Departures Related to ACA to Have Small Impact in Kentucky | Business Lexington": The Congressional Budget Office indicated that 2 million Americans would voluntarily leave their jobs by 2017 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. However, this did not occur. Some jobs were lost during the Pandemic of 2010 - 2023, but the country and Kentucky went back to work in 2022, with over 80,000 positions advertised in the state in early 2023.

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Top 7 Highest-Paying Kentucky Jobs

The Top 7 high paying jobs require an associate degree ora higher educational certificate, diploma, or license.

Jobs, Annual Number of Openings through 2024, and Expected Hourly Wage:

  1. Registered Nurses (RN): 3,000, $24.00 per hour and over
  2. General & Operations Managers: 1000+, $36.00 and more
  3. Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Ed.:800, $24.00+
  4. Other Teachers & Instructors: 495, $12.50 and over
  5. Secondary School Teachers, Except Special/Vocational Educ.: 450, $25.00+
  6. Accountants & Auditors: 500, $25.00 and over
  7. Chief Executives: 500, $62.62 and over

Leading Employers

  1. Baptist Health System
  2. Norton Healthcare
  3. U of L Healthcare
  4. University of Kentucky, all positions
  5. St, Elizabeth Healthcare
  6. Kroger Company: Groceries and Marketplace
  7. CHI St Joseph Healthcare
  8. Various Chain Retail Outlets
  9. Host Healthcare, GHR Travel, and others: some local and some travel jobs listed
  10. Onestaff Medical

Kentucky Colleges and Universities

Dozens of Community and Technical Colleges:

  • Office: 300 N Main St, Versailles, KY 40383
    Phone (877) 528-2748


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


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