5 Most Successful Medical Careers for Women

While the medical field was previously dominated by men, utilizing female nurses, women have begun to establish a larger presence within the medical field. Many high-paying medical careers are now being held by women, and they are becoming extraordinarily successful. Included here are a few of the most lucrative, successful medical careers for women.


If you can’t stand the sight of mouths, this may not be the career for you. But for those who love to see pearly whites and straight teeth, the career of orthodontist may be just what you need. Orthodontists’ work focuses on alignment of teeth and the jaw and they can do some invasive surgeries. They typically make upwards of $180,000 per year, making their career quite lucrative. The unemployment rate for orthodontists is less than 0.2% and the field is projected to grow by another 1,500 jobs anually.



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Another one of those jobs that can really pay off, but might be a little gross to some, is that of a dentist. Working as a dentist will present you with your fair share of challenges and diverse tasks every day. But it  should prove quite rewarding. Dentists also enjoy a 0.2% unemployment rate, with earnings of around $150,000 per year. This field is projected to grow by over 23,000 in the next couple of years.


How would you like to be the person who takes away the pain? Anesthesiologists just may be the most beloved individuals to a hurting hospital patient. Anesthesiologists enjoy high earnings of nearly $155,000 per year, but do suffer from a slightly higher unemployment rate of 1.3%. With 7,400 projected jobs coming available, it should be easy to find a career in this pain-free profession.

Physician’s Assistant

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For those who love the idea of being a general practitioner, but loathe the years of schooling necessary, working as a physician’s assistant may be just the job for you. Physician’s Assistants have many of the abilities a normal doctor has, but they must work under the supervision or advisory of a licensed doctor. Physician’s assistants enjoy a yearly income of nearly $100,000, and are projected to have a growth of about 29,000 jobs in the next few years. The unemployment rate is relatively low for PA’s at only 0.2%.

Nurse Practitioners

Similar to PAs and doctors, nurse practitioners work in a job similar to that of a doctor but with slightly less schooling and power. Nurse practitioners are capable of ordering lab tests, performing physical exams, and more. Yearly earnings come in just under $100,000 and projected growth is nearing 45,000. With a relatively small unemployment rate of 1.3%, this field seems fairly secure and optimal for growth.

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