What are Non-Traditional Careers?
Any occupations in which women or men make up less than 25% of the total workforce is considered "non-traditional".
Examples of non-traditional careers for:
- Automotive Service Technician
- Civil Engineering Technology
- Electronic Game - 3D Graphics
- Information Technology
- Police Foundations
- Office Administration
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Nuclear Medicine Technology
- Personal Support Worker
- Practical Nurse
- Respiratory Therapy
- Digital Photography
- Early Childhood Education
- Event Management
Why should you choose a career in a non-traditional field?
Career opportunities -
The demand for skilled workers is on the rise. In the next two decades, it's expected that 40% of new jobs will be in skilled trades and technologies. (Source: Skills Canada)
Earn while you learn -
As an apprentice, you can earn money while training.
Paid tuition -
You could be eligible to have your first year tuition fully paid for with the Gender Equality Scholarships.
Work that you enjoy -
This is the best part… being paid to work in a job that you're passionate about!
TIP: Are you a female student in grades 9-12 and interested in what the trades have to offer?
Check out the Trades & Tech Gala for Girls.
Explore your options in non-traditional careers, visit the following websites.
- Nontraditional Careers for Men and Women
- The Pros and Cons of Non-Traditional Careers: Working in Careers that Defy Gender Stereotypes
Non-traditional resources for women:
- Career Options for Women
- Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT)
- Engineer Girl
- FRONT - Femmes regroupées en options non traditionnelles (French only)
- I Was Wondering... Women's Adventure in Science
- Women in Non-traditional Occupations - Stories to Inspire (PDF)
Non-traditional resources for men:
- Men in Nursing School - Six gender minority nursing students and one recent graduate share their strategies for success in a female-dominated academic environment
- Men Teach - Resources for men considering a career in teaching
- Survey of Men in Nursing