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Non-traditional Career Information

Female giving thumbs upA non-traditional career is one in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the total employed in that occupation.  While all students are encouraged to choose a career plan that suits their interests, values and strengths, some students may become discouraged from pursuing these occupations based on the belief that certain careers are suitable for men or women only.  Also, students may not be aware of the variety of careers available.

At CVCC, we are here to assist you in exploring your career options and pursuing the career path that best fits you!


What Are Some Benefits of Choosing a Non-traditional Career?

For Females

Greater Earnings

Better Opportunity for Advancement

Prestige & Challenge


Gender Equity Practices

Being a Pioneer

Greater Job and Self Satisfaction

For Males

More Opportunity

Rapid Advancement



Gender Equity Practices

Being a Pioneer

Greater Job and Self Satisfaction  

Based on information from Progressive Careers Series, Non-traditional Careers Guide to Nontraditional Occupations for Women and for Men


What Programs Are Considered Non-traditional at CVCC?

For Females

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration

Associate in Engineering

Automotive Systems Technology

Basic Law Enforcement

Computer Engineering Technology

Computer-Integrated Machining Technology

Computer Programming

Electrical Systems Technology

Electronics Engineering Technology

Fire Protection Technology

Health & Fitness Science

Industrial Systems Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Networking Technology

Turfgrass Management

Welding Technology

For Males

Associate Degree Nursing


Dental Hygiene

Early Childhood Education

Electroneurodiagnotics Technology

Health Information Technology

Healthcare Management Technology

Medical Office Administration

Office Administration

Photographic Technology



Respiratory Therapy

Surgical Technology

How Do I Know If A Non-traditional Career Is For Me?

Female having teeth cleanMaking informed career decisions requires knowing yourself (your interests, values, skills and personality) as well as knowing as much as you can about the careers that interest you. The CVCC Career Center can assist you in exploring your career options. We offer a variety of career assessments and career resources to help you discover your career path.  If you are interested in discussing your career path, please visit the Career Center, contact us at 828-327-7000, ext. 4690 or email to schedule an appointment with the career counselor.

For additional non-traditional career information, please visit our Career Resources webpage.


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Updated 06.21.2016: Content Editor