By Jim Davis

This could be an issue in Snohomish County where some of the best-paying jobs are in aerospace, yet women only hold one in four aerospace jobs. This “occupation segregation” is something that women should be aware of when choosing careers, said Julie Anderson, a research associate with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

“The days of sort of following your bliss is behind us,” Anderson said “We need to be arming people with information about their earnings potential.”

That doesn’t tell the whole story.

Women are paid less than men when doing like jobs in almost every category, Census data shows. And that’s the part where it’s complicated.

Often times, women hold very different jobs in those categories, he said. And those roles with the company may be compensated differently.

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