BE A TRAILBLAZER! Break the gender barriers

Good jobs are not limited to a specific gender. Find out how you can be a trailblazer to a satisfying, lucrative, non-traditional career.

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Non-traditional careers are occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the workforce. For example, women working in a career field like industrial technology or men working in the field of early childhood education.

If you have an interest in a non-traditional career path, the status quo should not keep you from following your dream. There are many advantages – for everyone – if the gender barriers are broken!

Non-traditional for Women

The list below shows programs at CCTC that lead to non-traditional career areas for women and the percent of women in the program during the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Air Conditioning and Heating (Certificate) – 0% women
  • Automotive Diagnostic Technology (Certificate) – 14% women
  • Basic Mechatronics (Certificate) – 19% women
  • Computer Technology (Degree) – 20% women
  • Criminal Justice Technology (Degree) – 58% women
  • Engineering Graphics Technology (Degree) – 20% women
  • Environmental Engineering Technology (Degree) – 29% women
  • Internetworking Cisco (Certificate) – 0% women
  • Natural Resources Management – 32% women
  • Pipe Welding (Certificate) – 0% women
  • Welding (Certificate) – 13% women

Non-traditional for Men

The list below shows programs at CCTC that lead to non-traditional career areas for men and the percent men in the program during the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Accounting (Degree) – 24% men
  • Administrative Office Technology (Degree) – 0% men
  • Early Care and Education (Degree) – 3% men
  • Human Services (Degree) – 12% men
  • Medical Assisting (Certificate) – 6% men
  • Medical Records Coding (Certificate) – 5% men
  • Massage Therapy (Certificate) – 21% men
  • Nursing (Degree) – 9% men
  • Nursing Assistant (Certificate) – 4% men
  • Paralegal (Degree) – 13% men
  • Pharmacy Technician (Certificate) – 23% men
  • Surgical Technology (Certificate) – 18% men

Individual Benefits

  • Career fulfillment and success
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Competitive salaries
  • Trailblazer satisfaction!

Employer Benefits

  • Diverse workforce
  • Multiple perspectives and problem-solving styles
  • Match of employee skills to company needs
  • Employee satisfaction and long-term loyalty

Want to know more? Check out the resources below:

United States Department of Labor

USDL (Statistics on Non-traditional Labor Force)

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity – South Carolina

The Manufacturing Institute – Women in Manufacturing

The Sydney Herald – Men in Non-traditional Jobs

Discovering Nursing – Men in Nursing


Funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV)