Non Traditional Occupations

Defy Expectations

You want a top-paying career that matches your interests and motivates you.
Good thing dream jobs have nothing to do with gender.

Nontraditional occupations can lead to amazing futures.

A nontraditional occupation is a career field in which one gender makes up 25% or less of the workforce nationally – for example: women in engineering or men in dental hygiene.

When you explore an NTO, you are crushing stereotypes and opening yourself up to diverse career opportunities.

NTO benefits may include:

  • Higher earning and increased employment potential.
  • Increased advancement opportunities.
  • Greater job satisfaction.
See NTO examples
Lean into your interests

Lean into your interests

At NWTC, you can match your strengths and interests to a future career – regardless of your gender. Maybe you’re a male who imagines becoming a nurse or a female who grew up working on cars.

No matter what you love to do or who you are, we can provide you with the knowledge and skills to turn your passion into a career.

Soaring higher together

When you choose a nontraditional career path, you will have support throughout your NWTC experience.

  • Scholarship resources.
  • Campus events.
  • Connection to Career Services for resume writing, cover letter help, and job search
Soaring higher together
‘Life-changing’ Scholarships Support Student’s Dreams

Examples of non-traditional programs for women: 

  • Apprenticeships in construction and industrial occupations
  • Automotive Technician and Technology
  • Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician
  • Architectural Technology
  • Criminal Justice– Law Enforcement and Corrections
  • Network Specialist-IT
  • Computer Support Specialist-IT
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Landscape Horticulture
  • Diesel Equipment Technology and Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician
  • Welding
  • Prototype and Design
  • Electricity
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Machine Tool Operation

Examples of non-traditional programs for men: 

  • Nursing (All programs)
  • Administrative Professional
  • Paralegal
  • Radiography
  • Medical Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist
  • Health Information Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Surgical Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician