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Nontraditional Career Training

Information regarding awareness, recruitment, training, and placement related to students in nontraditional careers. Nontraditional careers refer to those careers where less than 25 percent of one gender is represented.

What are Nontraditional Careers?

The term Nontraditional Careers is used to refer to occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other emerging high skill occupations; in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in an occupation or field of work. The percentage of Career Technical Education (CTE) concentrators in CTE programs, and programs of study, that lead to Nontraditional Careers is a core indicator of performance for the Federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) accountability.

Female Nontraditional careers are occupations in which less than 25 percent of individuals employed are female.
Male Nontraditional careers are occupations in which less than 25 percent of the individuals employed are male.

The major issues related to success in pursuing nontraditional careers are:

  • Awareness of the need for equity in education for both men and women
  • Recruitment processes that provide adequate exposure and information
  • Training that assures equity in the classroom and addresses job retention
  • Placement after secondary and adult education that reflects the students' nontraditional career goals

A current version of the Nontraditional Careers crosswalk for secondary education from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education is available at the Perkins Collaborative Resource Network External link opens in new window or tab. . This resource identifies Nontraditional Careers by career clusters and pathways.


Questions:   Gary Page | | 916-319-0499
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 19, 2020
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