Nontraditional Careers

Young female student work on a light bulb in the Automation program

Explore Nontraditional Careers

Don't let stereotypes keep you from considering a career that may be right for you. At WITC, several men have gone into nursing. It’s a high-paying, constantly changing job that’s in demand across the country. Women have pursued careers in construction, welding or engine repair. They’re fast-paced and diverse jobs that let you tackle a variety of tasks.

If you’re someone who is interested in trying new things and willing to separate yourself from the herd, then a nontraditional job may be just what you’re after. A nontraditional career is one in which 25 percent or less of women – or men – are employed in that field. For example, only 14 percent of all working women are employed in nontraditional fields, the majority of which are blue collar or technical fields that do not require a four-year college degree.

There are many reasons to consider a nontraditional career. Nontraditional fields can provide excellent salaries and benefits compared to fields that are more traditionally dominated by men or women. Base your career decisions on your own interests and skills, and then get ready to turn your passion into a new career.

Male student works with simulation equipment in the Nursing program

Nontraditional Careers for Men

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Veterinary Technician

Business, Management and Administration
Administrative Professional
Healthcare Receptionist
Health Office Professional
Medical Administrative Professional
Medical Billing Specialist
Office Support Specialist
Office Technology Assistant

Accounting Assistant
Billing and Posting Clerk
Financial Services Customer Representative
Tax Preparer Assistant

Health Sciences
Dental Assistant
Health Information Technology
Medical Assistant
Nursing Assistant
Medical Coding Specialist
Nursing - Associate Degree
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Pharmacy Technician

Hospitality and Tourism
Hospitality Foundations

Human Services
Early Childhood Education/E-CHiLD
E-Connect-Child Care Services
Human Services Associate
Cosmetology Apprentice

Nontraditional Careers for Women

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Agricultural Business Fundamentals
Agricultural Power and Equipment Technician
Dairy Herd Management
Farm Operation

Architecture and Construction
Architectural Commercial Design
Architectural Woodworking and Cabinetmaking
Carpentry Apprentice (ABC)
Construction and Cabinetmaking
Construction Essentials
Electrician Apprentice (ABC)
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
HVAC Installation Technician
Plumbing Apprentice
Refrigeration Essentials
Utility Construction Installer
Utility Construction Technician

Information Technology
Information Technology – Cybersecurity Specialist
Information Technology – Web and Software Developer
Broadband Academy

Law, Public Safety and Security
Criminal Justice Studies
Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Academy

Automated Packaging Systems Technician
Automation for Industrial Systems
Entry Level Machining
Industrial Maintenance Technician
Industrial Systems Specialist
Injection Mold Set-Up (Plastic) Apprentice
Machine Tool Operation
Machine Tool Operation-CNC
Machine Tool Technician
Machine Tooling Technics
Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright Apprentice
Mechatronics Basics

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Automotive Technician
Automotive Service Technician
Marine Repair Technician
Power Sports Technician
Truck Driving

Female student in the Ag Power program

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Nontraditional Career Resources

WITC staff are available to assist you in: 

- Career Exploration

- Counseling

- Finding Additional Resources and more

Call 800.243.9482 to Meet with a Counselor


Are you ready to experience success? WITC staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.