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What can non-traditional careers do for you?

Most people choose a non-traditional career because the work allows them to utilize their skills, interests, and talents. Some additional advantages for women in male-dominated fields include:

  • Increased salary
  • Improved benefits
  • More opportunities for advancement

Some additional advantages for men in female-dominated careers include:

  • Improved working conditions
  • Less physical stress on the job
  • Increased job stability

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Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education programs—including career education programs—that receive federal assistance.

Girls are more successful in math and science programs that incorporate a cooperative, hands-on approach than in programs that stress competition and individual learning. (Thom, M. 2001. Balancing the Equation.  National Council for Research on Women.)

Strategies that increase girls' success in the sciences are also effective with boys, especially those from under-represented groups.  (Thom, M. 2001. Balancing the Equation.  National Council for Research on Women.)

The shortage of women in technology-related education programs has led to a national shortage of workers in the technology industry, costing the high tech industry and estimated $4 billion a year.  (CCAWMSETD, 2000. Land of Plenty: Diversity as America’s Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering, and Technology.)