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What is a nontraditional career?

A nontraditional career refers to occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in each occupation or field of work. Provided are examples of nontraditional careers, however, the lists are not comprehensive.

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Nontraditional Careers for Women

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Nontraditional Careers for Men

A nontraditional career is a U.S. federal distinction guided primarily by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Educational institutions may receive Perkins funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE), and they must use a portion of the funds to meet accountability measures aimed at closing the participation, concentrator, and completion gaps.

Engineer Inclusion partners with educational institutions to build capacity for your comprehensive local needs analysis. Contact us and let’s brainstorm a solution to best meet your goals and budget.

There are numerous root causes for why people don’t pursue and persist in nontraditional pathways. One of the root causes is a lack of role models. This is related to self-efficacy, the belief one has in their ability to complete a task. One of the sources of self-efficacy is vicarious experiences, or the observation of models. Seeing someone perform a task or meeting someone who looks like them who’s in a career or pathway can over time increase someone’s belief they can do a task, and increase sense of belonging.

Among many things, it is important to do an environmental scan to ensure the posters on your campus do not reinforce stereotypes. Since it is challenging to find posters that do that, we’ve prepared a set of posters for you to download and customize! Or, you can use our easy-to-use customizer and order poster prints.

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Design Your Own Nontraditional Career Poster

Start with a photo of a person nontraditional to the career, add your program information, school logo, and any other details. We offer a variety of sizes, too.

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Nontraditional Career Resources

By Meagan Pollock, PhD

Curated by Enginer Inclusion

By the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

By Perkins Collaborative Resource Network

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