The Road Less Traveled :
"I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the
difference." - Robert Frost
Is a nontraditional career choice for you?
to the federal Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998, Nontraditional
careers are "Occupations or fields of work,
including careers in computer science, technology, and other emerging
high skill occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise
less than 25% of the individuals employed in each occupation or field
In New York State, working women are underrepresented in the majority
of fields related to math, science, and technology, including mechanical
technicians (11%), computer science (4%), drafting (19%), and engineering
(7%). Further, in spite of a shortage of health care workers, less
than 10% of registered nurses are men. Today, many employers are
seeking nontraditional workers not only to increase their workforce
diversity, but also because it makes good business sense. (Laura
Rakoczy, Project ACE Coordinator, Finger Lakes Community College)
In Hot Jobs for the 21st Century, April 2000, the U.S.
Department of Labor points out that, "Employment in professional
specialty occupations will increase the fastest (27%) and add the
most jobs (5.3 million) between 1998-2008. Much of this growth is
expected to be found among teachers, computer, mathematical and operations
research occupations, and health assessment and treating occupations." Occupations
that require an associate's degree or higher will account for 40%
of that total job growth.
Overcoming career stereotypes can sometimes bring new challenges.
With Perkins III funding support through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational
and Technical Education Act of 1998, Hudson Valley has a network
of experienced staff persons and faculty advisors to assist the nontraditional
career student in the pursuit of her or his academic and professional
Making a decision about your career choice should be based on your
own personal interests and talents, not on what society considers to
be "traditional" or "appropriate" careers for one's gender. When you
choose a career based on your abilities and interests, you have the
opportunity to achieve greater job satisfaction, earnings potential,
and become highly successful in your chosen field. Hudson Valley provides
extensive support services to help you set your own personal, academic,
and career goals, and design a plan of action to help you achieve those
goals. Maximize your career choices and maximize your opportunity
We can help you:
- Connect with Mentors
- Access Academic Support
- Find Challenging and Enjoyable Work
- Join a Growing Force of Men and Women in Nontraditional Careers
What is a Nontraditional Career Path?
Careers are career fields in which individuals from one gender make
up less than 25% of the total individuals employed in that field.
Why do Students Consider Nontraditional Career Paths?
and more students are discovering that they have the Abilities and Interests to
excel in careers that have been dominated by the opposite gender.
When you choose a career based on your abilities and interests, you
have the opportunity to achieve greater job satisfaction and earnings
potential, and become successful in your chosen field.
What Programs are Considered Nontraditional Career Programs?
Women: Automotive, Broadcast Communications,
Business Administration, Civil and Construction Technologies, Civil
Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, Drafting, Electrical Construction
and Maintenance, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering Science,
Heating Refrigeration and Air, Industrial and Manufacturing Technology,
Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mortuary Science
For Men: Accounting, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Early
Childhood, Teacher Preparation