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Non-Traditional Occupations

Consider a non-traditional occupation! 

A non-traditional occupation (NTO) is defined as any occupation in which 女性 or men comprise less than 25% of the workforce. Today, many 女性 and men are breaking down barriers to pursue careers.

Why Non-Traditional?

NTO careers can mean:

  • Higher Wages
  • Financial Security
  • Good 好处
  • Demand for Skilled Workers
  • Freedom to Pursue Careers Related to Interests and Abilities

Choosing a Non-Traditional Career

Before you make your decision, do some research. In fact, gather as much information as you can.

除了 to the resources on this page, the Career 服务 office offers support for NTO career options. Our Manager- 外展 & 招生, 凯特琳机车, can also discuss ways Western can support your journey in a non-traditional occupation. 联系 her at 除了, Western has several faculty members who teach in NTO career areas and have worked in NTO fields. They can give you great advice!


Join Western’s 女性's empowerment group called 女性 Initiative Network (WIN). Gatherings are informal and casual learning opportunities. The purpose of WIN is to connect with 校友 and other female students to build community and peer support. This space should allow you to connect, grow, and network with other 女性 with shared experiences. Future events could involve—a group bowling night, lunch at a restaurant, 女性 in the field panel, 指导, 等. 联系 if you are interested in learning more about upcoming gatherings.


The following programs have occupations that are considered non-traditional. 参观 Academic Program page to find out more about Western programs that lead to these occupations.


Agri-Business Science Technology, Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration, Architectural Technology, Automotive Technician, Automotive & Light Repair Level l, Automotive Service Technician Level 2, Basic Industrial Power, Basic Welding, Bio-Medical Electronics, Building Construction and Cabinetmaking, Building Science  & Energy Management, Business Management, CAD Technician, Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement – 720, Criminal Justice, 柴油 & Heavy Equip Technician, 柴油 & Heavy Equip Tech. Assistant, Electronic & Computer Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Technology, Electromechanical 维护 Technician, Advanced EMT, 急救-基础, EMT– Paramedic, Farm Business & Production Management, Fire Protection Technician, Industrial Electronic & 维护, IT–Computer Support Specialist, IT-Computer Support Technician, IT-Network Systems Administration, IT-Network Systems Technician, web & Software Developer, Landscape Horticulture, Landscape Technician, Mechanical Design Technology, Mechanical 维护, 机械电子 & Robotic Engineering Technology, Paramedic Technician, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician, Robotic Programming, Welding & 制造


Dental Assistant, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assistant, 基金会s of Teacher Education, Health Information Technology, Health Office Professional, Human 服务 Associate, Medical Administrative Professional, Medical Assistant, Medical Coding Specialist, Medical Lab Technician, Nursing-Associate Degree, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, 律师助理, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology


Closing the Gender Gap

Tips and resources for 女性 to rise in their careers. 网站

U.S. Department of Labor

Find an online employment outlook handbook, unemployment rates, and wages by occupation. 网站

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Links you to JobNet support services and labor market information. 网站

Wisconsin Health Careers

Provides links to colleges in Wisconsin offering training in healthcare with occupational description. 网站

Occupational Outlook Handbook

For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed, 收益, expected job prospects, and what workers do on the job. 网站

ISEEK Careers

Minnesota's non-traditional career resources. 网站

Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Overview of BLS Statistics on 女性 Workers. 网站

Wider Opportunities for 女性

WOW works nationally and in its home community of Washington, DC to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, 女性, 和女孩. 网站

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing

Provides a framework for nurses, 作为一个群体, 以满足, 讨论, and influence factors, which affect men as nurses. 网站

Video Testimonials

Katie Pickel - Student, Electromechanical Technology Program

“I’ve found I’ve had nothing but good experiences with all these other guys here. Lots of camaraderie. It’s a pretty easygoing atmosphere. It’s not scary or intimidating at all. It was a good experience.”

Jill Heiser - Student, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician Program

“I knew from a young age I didn’t want to sit down at a desk so I figured I’d get a job where you’re up and working all the time. That’s definitely what this is—it’s an active job!”

女性 in Information Technology

“It's really been a good fit and I can't believe how well it's worked in my favor.”

Renae Giertych - Graduate, 柴油 & Heavy Equipment Technician Assistant Program

“You can do it! You really can, despite what anybody says, despite what you think, just put in the time, put in the work and you will succeed.”

Randi Cooper - Graduate, Automotive Technician Program

“I decided to go school for automotive which was probably the best decision I ever could have made.”

Emily Wurzel - Graduate, Agri-Business Science Program

“My boss in high school was a farmer and he was a really good role model. He was never afraid to teach me things or had any sort of stigma because I was a city kid.”

Kelly Tauscher - Graduate, Landscape Horticulture Program

“I'm surprised how much I fell in love with it...this is what I want to do forever.”

Steve Thompson - Instructor, Surgical Technology Program

“There were a few males in my program, but there has always been more involvement by females in this profession...that never bothered me--in the healthcare field you work as a team.”


For more video testimonials, visit Western's YouTube channel.