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.

Massage Therapy Program
Welding Certificate

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 are enrolled in a program area that is nontraditional for your gender, you could qualify for assistance with books and supplies. Find out more about the Special Populations Program. 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!

Nontraditional Careers for Men

The list below shows programs at CCTC that lead to nontraditional career areas for men:

  • Accounting
  • Early Care and Education
  • Human Services
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Record Technology
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pre-Nursing Preparatory Certificate
  • Surgical Technology
Nontraditional Careers for Men - Early Care and Education

Nontraditional Careers for Women

The list below shows programs at CCTC that lead to nontraditional career areas for women:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Design Technology
  • Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Machine Tool/CNC
  • Mechatronics
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Welding Technology
Nontraditional Careers for Women - Engineering Design


Individual Benefits

  • Career fulfillment and success
  • Opportunity for all
  • 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 Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

Questions? Contact:

Lara Stephenson

Assistant Director, Counseling & Student Life Services/Special Populations Coordinator

(803) 778-6672, ext. 272