The Top 10 Best Job Titles and Departments for Women

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Contrary to what you may think about other people’s job satisfaction, new data shows that the best job titles and departments for happiness may not be what you think.

Even if you’re lucky enough to work at one of the best companies for women, what are the best jobs within that company? After all, culture and the quality of work and life can really depend on your manager and specific department. In fact, nearly a third of the women in the Fairygodboss community (an employee review and job site for women) say that their department culture and specific manager impact their day-to-day happiness.

The following list of top job titles and departments for women are based on thousands of women’s ratings of their overall job satisfaction (on a scale of 1-5 where 5 is highest) as correlated with their job titles and departments.

Here are the top 10 best departments for women:

  1. best departments for womenConsulting
  2. Business
  3. Education
  4. Editorial, Services (tied)
  5. Human Resources
  6. Creative
  7. Strategy
  8. Tax
  9. Engineering
  10. Legal


You can see that plenty of women are happy working in certain traditionally male-dominated departments. Moreover, women holding both junior and senior-level titles enjoy their jobs, despite the fact that as women gain seniority, there are fewer other women around them. It’s encouraging to see that women at all levels (from analysts and project coordinators to Managing Directors) are finding a lot of happiness in their work. Also, what doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to job satisfaction is whether the department is a traditionally male-dominated one. For example, plenty of women say they are happy working in departments such as tax or engineering.

Here are the top 10 best job titles for women when it comes to job satisfaction:

  1. best job titles for womenSenior Program Manager
  2. Senior Product Manager
  3. Sales Rep, Program Coordinator, Principal (tied)
  4. Recruiter
  5. HR Manager
  6. Managing Director
  7. AVP
  8. Senior Analyst
  9. Finance Manager
  10. Editor, Project Coordinator (tied)


What’s apparent in looking at these job titles is that seniority isn’t the only that dictates someone’s happiness at work. A sales representative can be even happier in their job than a managing director, for example.

While a lot of different factors can influence your happiness at work, if you’re trying to plan your career or considering a different line of work, this information might help you take the next step with more confidence.

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