Exploring Non-traditional Career Paths for Men and Women
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, these are jobs in which one gender male or female makes up less than 25 percent of those employed in the occupation. Because men and women often have preconceived ideas about jobs that may be considered gender specific, they may overlook great opportunities that offer unique advantages such as job satisfaction, increased pay and economic self-sufficiency, advancement potential in an area of interest, and fulfilling work. Download brochure (PDF)
Non-traditional Careers: Women
Non-traditional career titles for women include welder, machinist, mathematician or chef. The SCC programs that can lead to non-traditional careers for females include
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Automotive Technologies
- Computer Technologies
- Culinary Arts
- Engineering Technologies
- HVAC-R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration)
- Nuclear Power
Facts at a Glance
- Women ages 16 to 34 represent 1 percent of automobile mechanics.
- Since there s a shortage of skilled workers and the pay is good, welding is a great opportunity for
- young women.
- Women have the most to benefit from the increasing importance of horticulture in rural economies.
- Compared to 50, or even 20 years ago, the success of women chefs today is staggering.
- There is under-representation of women in the manufacturing industry.
Non-traditional Careers: Men
Non-traditional career titles for men include becoming a childcare worker, nurse, dental assistant, librarian or bookkeeper. The SCC programs that can lead to non-traditional careers for men include
Health Science Programs:
- Nursing & Patient Care
- Dental Assisting
- Medical Assisting
- Radiology Technology
- Respiratory Care
- Surgical Technology
Administrative Office Technology - Legal & Medical
Facts at a Glance
- Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the number of men in nursing has more than tripled among registered nurses (RNs) over the past 10 years.
- Figures show only 5.6 percent of the national workforce in early childhood education and care includes males.
- The legal industry has seen a 44 percent increase in the number of men working as paralegals in the last five years.
- Recruitment consultants are seeing an ever-increasing number of men interested in
personal assistant or administrative positions.