by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
If you are considering a non-traditional career, be sure to read, The Pros and Cons of Non-Traditional Careers: Working in Careers that Defy Gender Stereotypes.
A non-traditional career is defined as one where more than 75 percent of the workforce is of the opposite gender — or conversely where fewer than 25 percent of the workforce is of your gender.
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.
Non-Traditional Career Paths for Women
- Airline Pilots
- Bellhops and Porters
- Carpenters/Construction Workers
- Chefs and Head Cooks
- Film Directors
- Fishers, Hunters, Trappers
- Funeral Directors
- Garbage/Waste Collectors
- Groundskeepers and Gardeners
- Hospital Administrators
- Logging Workers
- Mail Carriers
- Meter Readers
- Parking Lot Attendants
- Pest Control Specialists
- Printing Press Operators
- Scientists and Science Teachers
- Security Guards
- Security and Fire System Installers
- Service Station Attendants
- Taxicab Drivers and Chauffeurs
- Tow Truck Operators
- Truck Drivers
Non-Traditional Career Paths for Men
- Bank Tellers
- Child Care Workers
- Clerical/Administrative Support Workers
- Court Reporters
- Dental Assistants and Hygienists
- Elementary and Middle School Teachers
- Flight Attendants
- Hair Stylists
- Home Health Aides
- Hotel Clerks
- Maids and Housekeepers
- Occupational and Physical Therapists
- Sewing Machine Operators
- Social Workers
- Speech pathologists
- Teacher Assistants
Searching for Non-Traditional Jobs
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- U.S. Department of Labor: Women’s Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Unpublished data, Annual Averages 2003, Current Population Survey.
- Workplace Solutions, an initiative of Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW).
- ISEEK (Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge), a gateway to Minnesota career, employment, education, and business development information and services.
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