Non-Traditional Careers for Women


Non-traditional careers for women

Episode 36–Non-Traditional Careers for Women

In the seven or so months since The Working Woman Radio Show podcast has been on the air, I have had the pleasure of interviewing a variety of women who work in a variety of jobs and careers, including doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, and journalists, but today I want to focus on non-traditional career choices for women.

The U.S. Department of Labor defines a non-traditional career for women as one in which 25% or less of those employed in the field are women. It is hard to believe that, in the 21st century, the Department of Labor lists over 100 occupations that fall into this category, among them police officers and architects. 

Let me share a few reasons why a woman working in a non-traditional job would be an important option. 

First, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, in 2017 the median weekly earnings of women who worked full-time were only 82% of men’s full-time median weekly earnings. 

Secondly, women are underrepresented in occupations across many occupational groups including those in the construction trades and STEM fields. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Finally, non-traditional occupations offer a woman higher entry-level wages and higher pay as she advances in her career. 

So with that in mind, I would like to share with my listeners a list of 17 non-traditional jobs along with some quick facts for each of them. The purpose of this is to give women as many options as possible as they make decisions about future careers. 


Helpful Resources:


Non-Traditional Careers for Women

Occupational Outlook Handbook–US Bureau of Labor

Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections
PSB Suite 21352 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20212-0001

Telephone: 1-202-691-5700



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Technical College System of Georgia

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Non-Traditional Careers for Women

Non-Traditional Careers for Women

The U.S. Department of Labor defines a non-traditional career for women as one in which 25% or less of those employed in the field are women (Nontraditional Occupations for Women. U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau).




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The Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Episode 26–The Stay-at-Home Mom Resume

Are you a stay-at-home mommy? The ‘Stay-at-Home Mom Resume’ episode of ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ is just the show for you!

Although many women work at a job outside the home–71 percent to be exact–statistics show that 29 percent of women are full-time, stay-at-home moms. Many of these women, who previously had careers, chose to suspend their them in order to be home full-time with their children.

As a stay-at-home mom, it’s easy to become so involved with caring for the needs of children, and forget about your own interests and development. 

With that in mind, ‘The Working Woman Radio Show’ wanted to dedicate a podcast specifically geared to stay-at-home moms. In this episode, I share how networking, doing continuing education, volunteering, and updating your resume can help stay-at-home moms remain marketable. These tips and others can help moms when they are ready to transition back into the workforce.


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Stay at Home Mom Resume Sample

Turning Mom Skills Into Job Skills

The Stay at Home Mom Resume