Nontraditional Careers

When it comes to your future... Explore all the possibilities!

Adult student, Welding

What is a Nontraditional Occupation?

The U.S. Department of Labor defines a nontraditional occupation as one in which 25 percent or less of the workforce is of one gender. In the examples above, only 24.9 percent of information security analysts identify as women, and only 11.4 percent of registered nurses identify as men.

In other words, if an occupation's workforce is predominately of one gender (75 percent or more), that occupation is considered nontraditional for the underrepresented gender.

Be open to new fields and roles you never considered before!

In reality very few jobs have actual requirements that limit employment to a specific gender. Your career choice should be based on personal interests, aptitudes and goals, not gender. Don't limit yourself!

Why are Nontraditional Careers Important?

Many of the fastest growing fields in CTE and STEM careers are in nontraditional fields. Being familiar with nontraditional fields, as well as their importance to the work force, will make you more aware of gender bias and representation in the future.

Prepare for a Nontraditional Career at IVCC

IVCC has various programs of study. Many of our programs lead to nontraditional careers. Explore options that might be right for you:

  • Agriculture
  • Accounting
  • Automotive Technology
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business
  • Computer Installation, Repair, & Networking
  • Construction and Trades
  • Cybersecurity
  • Dental Assistant
  • Drafting/CAD
  • Early Childhood Educator/Teachers Aide
  • Electronics/Electricity
  • Elementary Education
  • EMT - Paramedic
  • Engineering Technology
  • Executive/Administrative Assistant
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
  • Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice
  • Manufacturing/Maintenance
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nurse or Nurse Assistant
  • Office Professional/Management
  • Real Estate
  • Truck Driver Training
  • Welding Technology

And more!

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In-person and Online options available


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Reach out to Hannah Bowermaster via phone/text at 815-224-0575 or email with questions or if you need assistance.