Explore Nontraditional Careers
Don't let stereotypes keep you from considering a career that may be right for you. At Northwood Tech, several men have gone into nursing. It’s a high-paying, constantly changing job that’s in demand across the country. Women have pursued careers in construction, welding or engine repair. They’re fast-paced and diverse jobs that let you tackle a variety of tasks.
If you’re someone who is interested in trying new things and willing to separate yourself from the herd, then a nontraditional job may be just what you’re after.
A nontraditional career is one in which 25 percent or less of women – or men – are employed in that field. For example, only 14 percent of all working women are employed in nontraditional fields, the majority of which are blue collar or technical fields that do not require a four-year college degree.
There are many reasons to consider a nontraditional career. Nontraditional fields can provide excellent salaries and benefits compared to fields that are more traditionally dominated by men or women. Base your career decisions on your own interests and skills, and then get ready to turn your passion into a new career.
Nontraditional Careers for Women
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The Occupational Outlook Handbook explains what type of training and education is needed, earnings, expected job prospects, and what workers do on the job for 100’s of occupations.
The U.S. Department of Labor offers access to career opportunities, unemployment rates, and wages by occupation.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development provides access to JobNet support services, labor market information and a wealth of additional information.
Minnesota Careerwise offers non-traditional career resources, assessments, and national and Minnesota-specific assistance.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides extensive labor market data on women (and other worker groups) through its news releases, publications, and website. Users have access to data on women's employment, unemployment, and earnings by industry, occupation, education, age, marital status, and other characteristics.
Women in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement offers information about women in law enforcement, the impact of women in policing, the positive outcomes of increased diversity, and expert advice on getting started and breaking the brass ceiling.
Closing the Gender Gap is a website that offers tips and resources for women to rise in their careers.
The purpose of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss, and influence factors, which affect men as nurses.