Non-Traditional Occupations

Explore Non-Traditional Careers

Men and women both want careers they enjoy. It's important to consider all of your career options, which may include a look at non-traditional work. Non-traditional careers are occupations in which women or men comprise 25% or less of the total workforce. Advantages of non-traditional occupations include: higher wages, good benefits, advancement opportunities and work you enjoy.

female welding student in lab

Non-Traditional Occupations for Females

"At BTC, I feel valued and respected. I want to represent myself and other women in the welding program." – Lydia Gorton, Welding Student

Technical and industrial careers for women pay 20% to 30% more than jobs traditionally held by women. They offer excellent benefits and rapid career advancement. View the list of career programs offered at Blackhawk that lead to non-traditional occupations for females below. 

male nursing student

Non-Traditional Occupations for Males

"As a male in the nursing program at BTC, it adds job security and I am more sought after as an applicant for positions." – Kade Bevars, Nursing Student

Many men may find more fulfilling careers in the helping fields or healthcare which have traditionally attracted women. Today, only 7% of nurses are male. View the list of career programs offered at Blackhawk that lead to non-traditional occupations for males below.

Career programs in non-traditional occupations for females:

  • Agribusiness Specialist
  • Agribusiness/Science Technology
  • Apprenticeships
  • Automotive Technician
  • Automotive: Basic Brake and Alignment Tech
  • Business Management
  • Computer Numeric Control Technician
  • Computer Service Technician
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Culinary Arts
  • Culinary Production Specialist
  • Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Electric Power Distribution
  • Electromechanical Technology
  • Entry Maintenance Technician
  • Farm Business & Production Management
  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Flux Core Arc Welding
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
  • IT-Network Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Basic Jail Academy
  • Law Enforcement Basic Recruit Academy
  • Manufacturing Information Technology Specialist
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Nuclear Technology
  • Residential HVAC
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Truck Driving
  • Welding

Career programs in non-traditional occupations for males:

  • Accounting Assistant
  • Administrative Professional
  • Behavior Technician
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Foundations of Teacher Education
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services Associate
  • Medical Administrative Coder
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nutrition & Dietic Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Substance Use Disorder Counseling
  • Surgical Technology
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