Consider Non-Traditional Careers

What are Nontraditional Careers?

Non-traditional fields are occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations, in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation or field of work.

Why should I consider Nontraditional Careers?

  • Nontraditional careers offer better pay for women and more job opportunities to choose from for both genders.
  • Nontraditional careers often have established steps for advancement.
  • For example, in the construction trades workers move from apprentice to journey worker to or superintendent and so on.
  • In Nontraditional jobs that are unionized, wages are usually higher, and fringe benefits and job protections may be negotiated.
  • The greater the range of experience a job offers and the more options it makes available, the greater the chance for self-satisfaction.
  • Most Nontraditional jobs require specialized skills, which are usually compensated according to the amount of training or education.
  • Many Nontraditional careers in the skilled trades have potential overtime pay. Also, these jobs often provide a greater variety of schedules or shifts to choose from. Pay for evening and night shifts is usually higher.

What are examples of Nontraditional Careers?

Men in Nursing and Women in Engineering are a couple examples. To see a more comprehensive list, go to