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Women hold most Pa. health care jobs, very few constructionStudy breaks down women's earnings and occupations in the commonwealth

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If you go to the doctor in Pennsylvania, there's a very good chance a woman will provide some part of your care.

Women are more heavily represented in heath-related fields than any other industry, according to a PennState Harrisburg research brief. They make up about 88 percent of the state's health care support workers, 81 percent of its health technologists and technicians, 77 percent of personal-care workers and 75 percent of professionals involved in diagnosis and treatment.

Women in most health care professions also tend to earn closer to the same amount as men in their fields, with support workers and technicians earning more than 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, well above the Pennsylvania average of 68.5 cents. 

Personal-care workers earned close to that average. Women involved in diagnosis and treatment, however, received only 59 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.

The study, released this month, breaks down women's participation in various fields, as well as information about unemployment rates and earnings compared to men.

Here are how a few other industries stack up:

Legal services

Women as a percentage of the workforce: About 50

Median amount paid for every dollar earned by men: About 50 cents

Business and finance

Women as a percentage of the workforce: Slightly over 50

Median amount paid for every dollar earned by men: About 75 cents

Management

Women as a percentage of the workforce: Just under 40

Median amount paid for every dollar earned by men: About 70 cents

Construction/Extraction

Women as a percentage of the workforce: About 2

Median amount paid for every dollar earned by men: About 65 cents

Sales

Women as a percentage of the workforce: About 50

Median amount paid for every dollar earned by men: About 40 cents

See the full study:

PennState Harrisburg/Pa. State Data Center Research Brief by Jenni Wentz on Scribd

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Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @jenni_wentz.

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