Benefits of Nontraditional Careers
What are advantages of nontraditional careers?
Students pursue nontraditional careers for various reasons, including:
- Higher Pay – Many nontraditional careers have higher salaries and better benefits compared to other occupations that require the same level of education.
- Technical Skills – Nontraditional careers often require specialized training, which promotes the development of the technical skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.
- Increased Job Satisfaction – Careers chosen for an individual’s personal characteristics and strengths tend to increase job satisfaction.
Why consider a nontraditional career?
- Times have changed! Years ago girls were not allowed to take shop classes, and boys were forbidden to take home economics.
- A gender gap still exists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 2010, although women have increased the amount earned per hour in relation to men in the past 10 years, women in 2010 still earned only approximately 77 cents for every dollar of men’s earnings.
- Nontraditional careers provide everyone in society the opportunity to think differently.
Top 10 reasons to choose a nontraditional career:
- Your job choice should be based on abilities and interests, not gender stereotypes.
- You’ll spend more than 30 years working and you’ll want to enjoy it.
- You can earn up to 30 percent more working in nontraditional jobs.
- You can earn enough to get what you want from life.
- Your training and education lays a solid foundation for your future.
- You’ll learn new ways of thinking and dealing with others.
- Your skills will be needed in key fields.
- You’ll see that less than one-third of new jobs require a four-year degree.
- You DO have a choice!
- You want to succeed!
Helpful Nontraditional Career Links
Nontraditional Employment for Men
- American Assembly of Men in Nursing
- American Nurses Association
- Discover Nursing
- Honor Society of Nursing
- Men Teach
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations
- National League for Nursing
- Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow
Non Traditional Employment for Women
- American Business Women
- American Drafting Association
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- American Society HVAC&R
- American Society of Mechanical Eng.
- American Welding Society
- Assn. for Women in Aviation Maintenance.
- Assn. for Women in Computing
- Assn. for Women in Mathematics
- Assn. for Women in Science (AWIS)
- Automotive Service Association
- Chicago Women in Trades
- Coalition of Labor Union Women
- Electronics Technicians Assn
- Hard Hatted Women
- Institute of Electrical Engineers
- International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services
- Int’l Assn. of Women Police
- Int’l Organization of Women Pilots
- National Assn. for Women in Construction
- National Association of Women Business Owners
- National Center for Women & Policing
- Professional Women in Construction
- Sisters in the Building Trades
- Society of Women Engineers
- Society of Women Geographers
- Tradeswomen, Inc.
- Women Construction Owners and Executives, USA
- Women Contractors Assn.
- Women in Aviation International
- Women in Aviation Resource Center
- Women in Federal Law Enforcement
- Women in Food Industry Management
- Women in Trades and Services
- Women Make Movies
- Women Tech World
National Women’s Organizations
- American Assn. of University Women
- 9-5 National Assn. for Working Women
- Center for American Women and Politics
- Expanding Your Horizons Network
- National Center for Women and Information Technology
- National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science
- National Women’s Law Center
- Coalition for Sex Equity in Education
- Gender, Diversities and Technology
- National Committee on Pay Equity
- National Girl’s Collaborative Project
- Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Equity Center
- STEM Equity Pipeline
- US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
- Assessing Women/Men in Engineering
- Educational Resources Information
- Engineer Girl
- Engineer Your Life
- Girls Excelling in Math and Science
- Her Own Words
- Jo Sanders/Equity for Educators
- Mentor Net
- Project Implicit
- Project Lead the Way
- The ADA Project (Women in Computing)
- The Gender Chip Project