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Nontraditional Programs

Nontraditional Careers refers to jobs that have been traditionally filled by one gender. Nontraditional occupations are occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed. Examples are males in nursing and childcare and females in technologies and plumbing. Promoting nontraditional career opportunities opens doors for every individual. It breaks the mold of expectations and allows all learners to explore a wide range of career opportunities in an atmosphere free from stereotypes of gender and jobs. Women are more often the focus of nontraditional programs because the opportunity to earn higher wages exists in occupations that are commonly nontraditional for women. Although occupations that are commonly nontraditional for men often do not yield higher wages, they may provide increased job satisfaction and may yield a high wage for them than their female counterparts working in the same career.

For on-going equity resources, consider joining the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. The cost is $100 and is an allowable Perkins expenditure. The website address is: www.napequity.org.

Planning One-Day Career Exploration and STEM Camps


For additional information, please contact:

Cynthia Gross |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Career and Technical Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.772.4864 | Fax: 717.783.6672
cygross@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us