The Role Model Project for Girls

When I Grow Up...

Women's Professions

Note that this is not going to be an exhaustive list, nor a limited catalogue of careers and descriptions. It is a "sampler" and is meant to give girls an idea of the breadth of their choices, encourage them to explore ideas that they may not have thought possible before, and offer ideas about how they could achieve their goals. You don't have to be special to find a career that you like -- just know that you can do it.

The categories below are general ideas. Many of them link to role models, real women currently working in those areas. The category names will take you there!

Women Professionals! Want to add your career to the list? Please fill out our short (easy!) questionaire.

Here are some career fields, represented in no particular order:

Arts
  • musician
  • performance
  • sculptor
  • photographer
Building Designers
  • interior designer
  • electrician
  • heating/cooling engineer
  • architect
  • construction worker
  • heavy machine operator
Communications
(including the Internet)
  • multimedia developer
  • public relations
  • web designer
Computer Sciences
  • software designer
  • programmer
  • tech support
  • technical writer
  • systems administrator
Crafts
  • cabinet maker
  • instrument maker
  • printer
Designers
  • computer graphics
  • firework maker/designer
  • web sites
Educators
  • professors
  • corporate trainers
Engineering
  • astronautical
  • chemical
  • industrial
  • civil
  • mechanical
  • electrical
  • computer
Entertainment
  • actresses
  • comedian
  • TV show plot writer
  • piano tuner
  • animator
Entrepreneurs
  • business owners
Finance
  • investment advisor
  • real estate agent
Historians
  • film
  • metal and art restorers
  • archeologist
Journalists & Writers
  • editor
  • photojournalist
  • technical writer
  • novelist/playwrite/poet
  • comic book writer
Law
  • civil liberties lawyers
  • judges
  • police sargent
Leisure
  • chef
  • hotel management
  • catering
  • wineries
  • travel agent
Library & Information Sciences
  • corporate information officer
  • library automation specialist
  • preservation, restoration, & archiving specialist
  
Management
  • directors
  • managers
  • presidents
Manufacturing
  • equipment specifier
  • packaging science
Mass Media
  • broadcasters
  • camera women
  • producers
  • reporters
Medical & Medical Services
  • Ob/Gyn
  • pediatrician
  • pathologist
  • surgeon
  • shaman/healer
  • transcriptionists
Naturalists
  • Forest ranger
  • landscaper
  • rancher
  • fisherwoman
  • lumber jack
Politics/Government
  • governor
  • mayor
  • member of house/senate
  • social policy evaluators
Safety & Occupational Health
  • hazardous materials manager
  • safety manager
Sales & Marketing
  • account executive
  • advertising director
  • marketing & communications (marcom) manager
  • marketing representative
Sciences
  • astronomer
  • astronaut
  • biologist
  • chemist
  • oceanographer
  • zoologist
Social Structure
  • activists
  • ambulance driver
  • firefighter
  • private investigator
  • social worker
Sports
  • jockey
  • runner
  • baseball
  • golf
  • fencing
Technicians/Technical Fields
  • lab technicians
  • sound engineer
  • repair technician
Telecommunications
  • phone line worker
  • online researcher
Transportation
  • bush pilot
  • commercial airline pilot
  • railroad worker
  • ship's captain
  • trucker
  • flight controller
Trades
  • tool and die maker
  • moldmaker
  • machinist
  • pattern maker
  • sheetmetal mechanic
  • welder
Wild Cards!
  • outstanding women whose careers would be hard to follow!

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We have intentionally left out a few careers for the following reasons:

Elementary, Secondary and High School Teachers
They are common role models in the lives of 9-16 year olds.
Nurses
Same as primary school teachers.
The Military
Most careers are available in the private sector!
Our principled stand supporting non-violence makes it impossible for The Role Model Project to do an objective and credible job of advocating military careers for girls. We would not hesitate to link to another site, if one exists, that does address the issues raised in military careers and the special needs of women. If you know of such a site, or of a woman or women in the military that would be interested in creating one, please let us know.


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