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Non-Traditional Careers

The U.S. Department of Labor - Quick Facts on Non-traditional Occupations

A non-traditional occupation is one in which one gender comprises 25 percent or less of total employment.   Non-traditional occupations span all major occupational groups and provide many employment options for men and women.

First, growth in the economy is projected to expand employment in many of these occupations and secondly, there will be strong demand for workers in these fields due to projected retirements or transfers of current workers to other occupations.

Non-traditional jobs are attractive to women because they generally offer higher entry-level wages and a career ladder with pay between $20 and $30 per hour.  Men in non-traditional careers find positions rewarding and can often lead to rapid career advancement. 

For women, many non-traditional careers fall into a few broad categories of jobs: labor-intensive, scientific/technical, and supervisory.

And while fewer non-traditional careers are available for men than for women, these careers tend to involve education, health, and service-related jobs.

Some examples of non-traditional jobs for women:

  • automotive engineering
  • computer software and hardware engineers
  • detectives
  • chefs
  • engineers
  • computer and office machine repairers
  • machinists
  • fire fighters


Here are some examples of non-traditional jobs for men:

  • nursing
  • early childhood education
  • fashion
  • medical coding
  • administrative assistant and legal secretary

Almost seven hundred students participated in non-traditional programs at Stark State College in 2011.