A nontraditional career is defined as one in which fewer than 25 percent of the workforce is of one gender. For women, many nontraditional careers fall into a few broad categories of jobs: skilled trades, scientific/technical and supervisory. And while fewer nontraditional careers are available for men than women, these careers tend to involve education, health and service-related jobs.
According to the National Skills Coalition, middle-skill jobs -- defined as requiring education beyond high school but not a four-year degree -- make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States. This means that there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill high-demand, high-paying jobs. The growing economy needs everyone, especially women, to consider careers in the skilled trades industry.
- Job satisfaction and retention
- Economic self-sufficiency
- Increased education/training/skill
- High demand for skilled workers
- Career advancement
- Work/life balance
- Not having mentors within the profession
- Fear of harassment/discrimination
- Lack of family/friends support
Contact Student Support Services
The Career and Employment Center (CEC) provides a variety of career planning and employment support for current Madison College students and alumni.
To learn more about Nontraditional Occupation support, please contact:
Non-Traditional Occupations Advisor
Nontraditional Occupations Employment
United State Department of Labor-Women's Bureau: Quick facts about nontraditional occupations for women
Bureau of Labor Statistics-Women Workers: The Bureau of Labor Statistics 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. Data is also available on workplace injuries and illnesses experienced by women. Data also os available for men.
National Alliance for Partnerships In Equity: NAPE is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations and national organizations that strives to achieve its mission of building educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity and workforce diversity.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Provides career resources and a database to find occupations filtered by skills, education, growth rate, projected job outlook and wages.
Wisconsin WORKnet-Women: Provides information on skills, education credentials, job outlook and wages of specific nontraditional occupations for women.
Wisconsin WORKnet-Men: Provides information on skills, education credentials, job outlook and wages of specific nontraditional occupations for men.