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Nontraditional Careers

A nontraditional career is a career that is traditionally filled by one gender. You can find nontraditional jobs in any field so don’t overlook nontraditional options as you explore careers because they may:

  • be more interesting and rewarding
  • have higher wages and better benefits
  • have better opportunities for advancement and job satisfaction
  • may provide an alternative path to economic independence

Here are a few examples of nontraditional career paths:

For women

Computer technology
Construction technology
Criminal justice
Engineering

For men

Early childhood education
Dental hygiene
Human services
Nursing

Check your school to see if it has programs to help you enter a nontraditional career path.

Nontraditional Career Training