Isothermal Community College

Learning Support and Retention

Non-traditional Careers

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a non-traditional career is where one gender (male or female) comprises less than 25% of those employed. Typical examples of non-traditional careers for men are nurses, bookkeepers, or secretaries. Non-traditional careers for women are welders, engineers, or firefighters. Feel free to explore more information about non-traditional careers by utilizing the resources below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits for Women who choose a Non-Traditional Career?

  • Economic self-sufficiency
  • Higher wages (NTO’s pay 20-30% more than jobs traditionally held by women)
  • Better benefits
  • Broader job opportunities
  • Advancement potential
  • Job satisfaction

What are the benefits for Men who choose a Non-Traditional Career?

  • Opportunities for advancement in an area of interest
  • Fulfilling work
  • Opportunity for adventure
  • Broader job opportunities
  • Job satisfaction

What are some strategies and resources I can use to get more information?

  • Meet with a career counselor. Isothermal Community College offers individual career counseling appointments at no charge. Call 828-395-1660 to schedule an appointment.
  • Schedule a time to talk with an instructor for a program in which you are interested.
  • Interview someone who already works in the field in which you are interested.
  • Check out career information on the www.CFNC.org website.
  • Review the “Fight the Type” website at http://fightthetype.org/index.html
  • College Career & Technical Education Program Brochure

Is there any help with job placement after I obtain my educational training and credentials?

To get a non-traditional job, that you are qualified for, contact the Office of Learning Support and Retention at 828-395-1436 to be connected to a Career Services staff member who may assist you with your job search strategies plan, cover letters and resumes, and employer contacts.
Please note that if you are not yet qualified for certain jobs, you may need to schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss training and education opportunities before you have a job placement meeting.