Every day, more mothers return to the workforce. With flexible working hours and high pay rates in the medical, financial, and marketing industries, it’s easy to see why.
Dental hygienists nationwide make an average of $32.52 per hour, or over $65,000 per year. To put that into perspective, Americans make an average of $53,000 per year. A dental hygienist can also quickly work her way up to a position as a registered nurse.
Registered nurses benefit from obtaining a master’s degree. With a Master of Science in Nursing, a career as a family nurse practitioner is an option and offers the greatest reward. Some family nurse practitioners even work independent of physician supervision. The entry-level pay for family nurse practitioners is at least $50,000 and up to $80,000 or more, with a national average of $86,000. For women with young children, this career path is not only a possibility: it is a perfect fit for the mother who wants her career and pay to grow as her children get older.
Diagnostic medical sonographers bring in a median pay of $27 per hour. This job can lead to specialties in various fields from obstetrics to geriatrics. Ultrasound technicians make between $50,000 and $60,000 per year. There’s no better way for a medical technician to bond with her patients than to share the happy news of a new arrival. And with more and more small doctor’s offices and outpatient centers using this technology on site, the demand for ultrasound technicians will continue to rise exponentially.
The medical industry isn’t the only industry that offers working moms a high paying career. Web developers make an average of $55,000 per year, and many companies who hire these developers allow them to work from home. Women in this job can go on to become software development managers, who earn an average of $112,000 per year.
Market Research Analyst
If you’d rather do some digging instead of developing, market research analysts average $38,000 per year. That may not seem like much. However, this job opens the opportunity for promotion to senior research analyst, who can earn upwards of $70,000 per year. This is another job working moms can do from the comfort of their home office.
Financial Planners can make anywhere from $36,000-$116,000 per year with entry-level positions starting at as much as $50,000. The average salary is $59,000, but San Francisco pays its financial planners 48 percent greater than the national average. An experienced planner with ten years in the industry can bring home close to a six-figure yearly salary. This is yet another career that allows working mothers to start with what’s possible for their schedule, then offers upward mobility as their children grow.
Even at entry-level, any of the above positions offer working moms both financial stability for the present and the chance to advance in some of the best-paying careers for a lifetime. Don’t just get a job, pick a path that will grow as you and your children do.