Non-Traditional Occupations

Explore Non-Traditional Careers

Men and women both want careers they enjoy. It's important to consider all of your career options, which may include a look at non-traditional work. Non-traditional careers are occupations in which women or men comprise 25% or less of the total workforce. Advantages of non-traditional occupations include: higher wages, good benefits, advancement opportunities and work you enjoy.

female welding student in lab

Non-Traditional Occupations for Women

"At BTC, I feel valued and respected. I want to represent myself and other women in the welding program." — Lydia Gorton, BTC Welding Student

Technical and industrial careers for women pay 20% to 30% more than jobs traditionally held by women. They offer excellent benefits and rapid career advancement. Blackhawk Technical College offers career programs in several non-traditional occupations for women. 

Blackhawk Technical College offers career programs in several non-traditional occupations for women: Agribusiness/Science Technology, Apprenticeships, Automation Systems Technology, Automotive Technician, Computer Numeric Control Technician, Computer Service Technician, Criminal Justice Studies, Culinary Arts, Culinary Production Specialist, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician, Electric Power Distribution, Electromechanical Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Farm Business & Production Management, Fire Protection Technician, Funeral Service, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, IT-Network Specialist, Laboratory Food Science Technician, Laboratory Technician Assistant, Law Enforcement Basic Jail Academy, Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Academy, Manufacturing Information Technology Specialist, Nuclear Technology, Supply Chain Management, Technical Studies – Journeyworker, Truck Driving, Web Software Developer, and Welding.

male nursing student

Non-Traditional Occupations for Men

"As a male in the nursing program at BTC, it adds job security and I am more sought after as an applicant for positions." — Kade Bevars, BTC Nursing Student

Many men may find more fulfilling careers in the helping fields or healthcare which have traditionally attracted women. Today, only 7% of nurses are male.

Blackhawk Technical College offers career programs in several non-traditional occupations for men: Accounting Assistant, Administrative Professional, Central Service Technician, Dental Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Vascular, Early Childhood Education, Foundations of Teacher Education, Human Services Associate, Medical Administrative Coder, Medical Administrative Specialist, Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Radiography, and Surgical Technology.

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