Non-Traditional Career Paths for Men and Women

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by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

If you are considering a non-traditional career, be sure to read, The Pros and Cons of Non-Traditional Careers: Working in Careers that Defy Gender Stereotypes.

A non-traditional career is defined as one where more than 75 percent of the workforce is of the opposite gender — or conversely where fewer than 25 percent of the workforce is of your gender.

For women, many non-traditional careers fall into a few broad categories of jobs: labor-intensive, scientific/technical, and supervisory.

And while fewer non-traditional careers are available for men than for women, these careers tend to involve education, health, and service-related jobs.

Non-Traditional Career Paths for Women

  • Airline Pilots
  • Announcer
  • Architects
  • Auctioneers
  • Bellhops and Porters
  • Carpenters/Construction Workers
  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Clergy
  • Dentists
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • Film Directors
  • Firefighters
  • Fishers, Hunters, Trappers
  • Funeral Directors
  • Garbage/Waste Collectors
  • Groundskeepers and Gardeners
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Logging Workers
  • Machinists
  • Mail Carriers
  • Mathematicians
  • Mechanics
  • Meter Readers
  • Optometrists
  • Parking Lot Attendants
  • Pest Control Specialists
  • Printing Press Operators
  • Scientists and Science Teachers
  • Security Guards
  • Security and Fire System Installers
  • Service Station Attendants
  • Taxicab Drivers and Chauffeurs
  • Tow Truck Operators
  • Truck Drivers
  • Welders

Non-Traditional Career Paths for Men

  • Bank Tellers
  • Bookkeepers
  • Cashiers
  • Child Care Workers
  • Clerical/Administrative Support Workers
  • Cosmetologists
  • Court Reporters
  • Dental Assistants and Hygienists
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Flight Attendants
  • Hair Stylists
  • Home Health Aides
  • Hotel Clerks
  • Librarians
  • Maids and Housekeepers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational and Physical Therapists
  • Receptionists
  • Secretaries
  • Sewing Machine Operators
  • Social Workers
  • Speech pathologists
  • Teacher Assistants

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Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker’s Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms. Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of He is also founder of and He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He’s often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at) Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

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