Non Traditional careers

Non Traditional careers

Student Services

What Career is For You?

Traditional?  Non Traditional?

     - A Non Traditional Occupation is one where one gender comprises less than 25% of those employed.

Computer Repair Technician Job Security:

     Nontraditional fields, such as information technology, nursing, and engineering, often experience a labor shortage, so there is high demand for skilled employees in those occupations.


     Women who work in nontraditional fields can expect lifetime earnings of 150% or more than those in trditionally female occupations.

Construction Worker
Childcare Worker Business Advantage:

     Research shows a diverse workforce is more innovative, productive, and creative.

Fast Facts

  • Men make up 2.4% of Childcare Workers.
  • Men make up 1.8% of Dental Hygienists.
  • Men make up 21.2% of Librarians, Archivists, and Curators.
  • Men make up 10.9% of Occupational Therapists.
  • Men make up 5.1% of Licensed Practical Nurses.
  • Men make up 5.8% of Speech Therapists.
Health Careers
Metal Fab Worker
  • Women make up 16.5% of Chemical Engineers.
  • Women make up 10.8% of Civil Engineers.
  • Women make up 2.4% of Construction Trade Workers.
  • Women make up 2.5% of Electricians.
  • Women make up 20.6% of Farming, Forestry, and Fishing Occupations.
  • Women make up 4.1% of Firefighters and Fire Prevention Personnel.
  • Women make up 18.3% of Police and Detectives.

Resources about Non Traditional Occupations:

Illinois Center for Specialized Profession
STEM Equity Pipeline
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
Women Employed
Illinois Work Net Center


For more information, contact:
Nick Catlett, Career and Employment Services Director
Vermilion Hall 110 - Danville Area Community College
2000 East Main
Danville, IL 61832
(217) 443-8864