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Non - Traditional Fields

Non-Traditional: Occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of individuals employed in that field or occupation.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) not only prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workforce, but also the variety of careers that are available to them. While all careers are available to all students, some are considered non-traditional, which refers to jobs that have been traditionally filled by one gender over the other. The US Department of Labor defines non-traditional careers for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in each such occupation. These occupations are reviewed on an annual basis and as employment shifts, what may have been considered a non-traditional career may no longer be or one that wasn’t may become one.

Students deciding on career or occupation should consider all of their opportunities and their strengths while in high school and not if a specific gender is commonly found in the job they desire. Young men and women often have preconceived notions of what is common for each gender to choose as and occupation, but few jobs have requirements that effectively limit employment to only men or women. The purpose of identifying non-traditional options is to foster interest in and access to these careers with the goal of opening up these professions to the under-represented gender without stereotyping or unjust restraints.

Districts interested in receiving the non-traditional resources “New Formulas for America’s Workforce” and “New Formulas for America’s Workforce 2” that are provided by the National Science Foundation, contact Martin Kollman.

On Line Resources

Gender Equity:

American Association of University Women (AAUW) (www.aauw.org)

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (www.napequity.org)  

Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Equity Center (www.nwrel.org/cnorse/)


Career Resources For Women:

Inspiring Girls Now! In Technology Education (IGNITE) (www.ignite-us.org)

U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau (www.dol.gov/wb/welcome.html)

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) (www.wowonline.org)

Work4Women (www.work4women.org)

Women in Public Service (http://www.firescience.org/resources/women-public-service/

Women Make Movies (www.wmm.com)

Women Work (www.womenwork.org)

The Women's Guide to Business School (http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/business-schools/women-guide/)


Careers Resources for Men:

The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (http://aamn.org)

Johnson & Johnsons Be A Nurse (see testimonials) (www.discovernursing.com)

The Oregon Center of Nursing Are You Man Enough to Be a Nurse (www.oregoncenterfornursing.org)

WORKnet - Non-Trad Careers for Men (www.worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/Occlist.aspx?menuselection=js&listtype=ntolistmen)


Women's Industry Associations:

Association of Women in Science (www.awis.org)

Hard Hatted Women (www.hardhattedwomen.org)

Association for Women in Computing (www.awc-hq.org)

Association for Women in Mathematics (www.awm-math.org)

Institute for Women In Trades, Technology & Science (www.iwitts.org)

International Association of Women Police (www.iawp.org)

Outdoor Industry Women's Council (www.oiwc.org)

Women Construction Owners and Executives, USA (www.wcoeusa.org)

Women Contractors Association (www.womencontractors.org)

Women in Aviation, International (www.wai.org)

Women in Aviation Resource Center (www.women-in-aviation.com)

Women in Federal Law Enforcement (www.wifle.org)

Women in Food Industry Management (www.wfim.ca)

Women of NASA (www.women.nasa.gov/)

Kathleen Mercer
(785) 296-2307

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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