Nontraditional careers

Don't limit your job search - think nontraditional at M State! 

Nontraditional occupations are jobs in which men or women comprise less than 25 percent of a field of work or occupation. Some people seek out nontraditional careers for unique advantages. For example, women usually enjoy higher wages and benefits compared to traditional female jobs. Men may also enjoy higher wages in jobs traditionally held by women. Either way, both may benefit from increased job satisfaction because nontraditional occupations increase the options available. 

Visit Minnesota State Careerwise - Nontraditional Careers to learn more about common nontraditional job myths, advantages and disadvantages and to view career videos.


These occupations are considered nontraditional for men:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Childcare and education
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental assisting
  • Dental hygiene
  • Medical administrative secretary technology
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy technology
  • Phlebotomy technician

These occupations are considered nontraditional for women:

  • Architectural technology
  • Auto body collision
  • Automotive service technology
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer programming
  • Computer and network technology
  • Computer network security
  • Construction electricity
  • Construction management
  • Criminal justice
  • Diesel equipment technology
  • Electrical line worker
  • Fire service preparation
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration
  • Marine engine technology
  • Mechanical design and detailing
  • Outdoor power equipment and snowmobile technology
  • Plumbing technology
  • Web development

Nontraditional employment resources

Each Minnesota state college campus has a contact available to discuss nontraditional education program opportunities for men and women. For questions contact Eva Scates-Winston at 651.297.3792 or TTY: 651.282.2660. 

WomenVenture provides tools, support and short-term training for women in nontraditional settings. Call 651.646.3808 for more information. 

Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor provides information on nontraditional and traditional jobs for women, quick facts on jobs for women and other information.

Are You Man Enough to Be a Nurse (video) by Oregon Center for Nursing