Why non-traditional?

NTO careers can mean …

  • Higher Wages
  • Financial Security
  • Good Benefits
  • Demand for Skilled Workers
  • Opportunities for Advancement
  • Freedom to Pursue Careers Related to Interests and Abilities

consider a non-traditional occupation

A non-traditional occupation is defined as any occupation in which women or men comprise less than 25% of the workforce. Today, many women and men are breaking down barriers to pursue careers.

Entering a non-traditional occupation (NTO) can be rewarding. You have the potential to:

  • earn a great salary
  • fulfill a personal dream
  • enjoy a career doing something you love

Entering an NTO can also be challenging. You may not have:

  • a mentor within your profession
  • support from friends or family
  • support from coworkers

choosing a non-traditional career

Before you make your decision, do some research. In fact, gather as much information as you can.

Western has several faculty members who teach in NTO career areas. They’ve also worked in an NTO field. They can give you great advice about choosing an NTO career.

Barb Kelsey is Western’s NTO coordinator and Career and Assessment Services Manager. She can offer support, advice and resources while you are exploring or enrolled in a non-traditional program at Western.

There are also interviews available on this site from instructors and students or graduates who have entered NTO programs and careers. Their real-life answers and experiences can help you make the decision that’s right for you.

You owe it to yourself to find the best fit and an NTO career just might be right for you!

Non-Traditional Occupation Publications

The Pros and Cons of Non-Traditional Careers: Working in Careers that Defy Gender Stereotypes.


If you are considering a non-traditional career, read The Pros and Cons of Non-Traditional Careers: Working in Careers that Defy Gender Stereotypes.
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Male Nurse Magazine.com


This Web site tries to help both men and women understand just how much nursing needs them.
Male Nurse Magazine Web Site»

National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science


WITTS provides the tools to successfully integrate women into male-dominated careers.
WITTS website»

Women Tech Talk Discussion


The on-line home for women technicians to connect with each other.
WomenTechWorld.Org Web site»