NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When it comes to careers, it's not always a man's world. In fact, in some industries, it's quite the opposite.
A new report from job search portal CareerCast.com has identified the best jobs for women in 2015. While some of the fields identified aren't surprising -- public relations, event planning, and human resources -- others aren't as obvious. For example, opportunities for women in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and health care are on the rise as well.
Of course, it's no secret that the working world isn't always the friendliest to women. A significant wage gap between men and women persists: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for women was 82% of the median wage earned by men in 2013. Some of the most innovative companies in the world, including Google (GOOG) , Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) , leave much to be desired terms of gender diversity -- even though gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to financially outperform the national industry median.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of opportunities out there. Here is a look at 11 of the best jobs for women in 2015.
Annual Median Wage: $93,680
Projected Growth Outlook: 26%
According to a CNN Money report, actuaries have a nearly 0% unemployment rate. And while men have traditionally dominated the field, a 2012 study indicates that women comprise 30% of members of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and receive around 40% of bachelor's degree awarded in the field each year.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 21,490 actuarial jobs available in the United States as of May 2014 and calculates a mean hourly wage of $52.93. Insurance carriers and other insurance-related agencies and brokerages employ most actuaries, and the states with the most jobs in the field are New York, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Connecticut.