Non-Traditional Career and Technical Education

Nontraditional Careers are defined as those in which 25 percent or less of a certain gender is represented.

Nontraditional Careers:

 

For Women

  • Architecture
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Computer Installation and Repair
  • Construction and Trades
  • Culinary Arts
  • Drafting/CADD
  • Engineering Technology
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Hospital Administration
  • Law Enforcement
  • Manufacturing
  • Radio and TV Broadcasting
  • Publishing
  • Welding Technology

For Men

  • Accounting Technology
  • Bookkeeper
  • Child Care
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Early Childhood Educator/Teachers Aide
  • Executive/Administrative Assistant
  • Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • Interior Design
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal Professional
  • Librarian
  • Medical Lab Technology
  • Nurse or Nurse Assistant
  • Office Supervision
  • Social Work
  • Teacher's Assistant
  • Travel and Tourism

Why are Nontraditional careers important?

Many of the fastest growing fields in CTE and STEM careers are in nontraditional fields. Being familiar with nontraditional fields, as well as their importance to the work force, will make you more aware of gender bias and representation in the future.

Definitions:


Gender Equity

Providing all persons with the full range of opportunities and benefits, no matter their gender. 

Gender Bias

Behaviors that result when we stereotype people on the basis of his or her gender.

Gender Discrimination

Any action that limits or prohibits equal opportunities, privileges or rewards because of gender.

Gender Role Stereotyping

The assumption that men and women have certain interests, abilities, values and characteristics based upon his or her gender. 

Nontraditional Career

A nontraditional career is one in which less than 25% of the career field is represented by a specific gender. 

The Power of Language


Biased Job Titles versus Unbiased Job Titles

Assemblyman................................ Assembler

Businessman................................. Business Manager/Executive

Cameraman.................................. Camera Operator

Cleaning Lady............................... Housekeeper/Custodian

Clergyman.................................... Clergy

Congressman............................... Congressperson/Representative

Craftsman..................................... Skilled Worker/Artisan

Draftsman..................................... Drafter

Fireman........................................ Firefighter

Foreman....................................... Supervisor/Manager

Insurance Man.............................. Insurance Agent

Middleman.................................... Liaison/Intermediary

Mailman........................................ Letter Carrier

Man Hours.................................... Working Hours

Manpower..................................... Labor Force/Workers

Paperboy....................................... Newspaper Carrier

Policeman...................................... Police Officer/Law Enforcement

Repairman..................................... Repairer/Repair Person

Salesman....................................... Sales Agent/Associate

Stewardess.................................... Flight Attendant

Weatherman.................................. Weather Forecaster/Meteorologist 

Workman's Comp.......................... Worker's Compensation

 

Benefits of Nontraditional Careers:


Happiness

You're going to spend the next 30 years working, shouldn't you do something that you will enjoy. Find a job that will use our interests and skills.

Equality

Society is changing, and there is a large push for equality among men and women. Help get rid of the sayings, "that's a man's job", or "that's a woman's job".

Advancement

With the push for equality, men and women in these types of roles often get promoted quicker because there is a high demand at all entry levels.

Higher Pay

Many nontraditional careers have higher salaries and better benefits compared to other occupations that require the same level of education

Scholarships

There are scholarships available for specific genders in these types of career paths to help promote the fields.

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