• What are nontraditional careers?

    Occupations or fields of work, including computer science, technology, and other emerging high skill occupations, in which one gender accounts for less than 25% of the number of individuals employed.  Examples of nontraditional occupations include males in nursing and females in engineering.

    What are the benefits of nontraditional careers to Men?

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

    What are the benefits of nontraditional careers to Women?

    • Economic self-sufficiency
    • Higher wages
    • Better benefits
    • Physical challenges in many jobs
    • Broader job opportunities
    • Advancement potential
    • Job satisfaction

    Examples of Nontraditional Career Activities

    • Switch Days with Career and Technology Education classes
    • Nontraditional Career Panel at 8th Grade Career Fair Switch Days with Career and Technology Education classes
    • Nontraditional Career Panel at 8th Grade Career Fair $75 Mini-Grants for middle and high school teachers to expose their students to nontraditional careers through field trips.
    • Career and technical education teachers will visit middle schools to educate the 8th graders on the elective courses available in the high school career and technical education departments
    • Plan, promote and deliver a Girls Tech Nontraditional Career presentations
    • Tours of postsecondary schools will be planned as optional activities for special population students
    • Promote, organize and accomplish a nontraditional career fair for all students at Community High School
    • Collaborate with the Society of Women Engineers at UND to plan hands on activities with nontraditional students
    • Review the sexual harassment policy of the Grand Forks Public Schools Provide hands-on forums related to technology education careers for students in the middle schools
    • Incorporate a nontraditional careers component and leadership training into the Helping Hands Service-Learning Camp during summer 2008