Some Facts About Non-Traditional Employment for Women
- The U.S. Department of Labor defines a non-traditional occupation for women as one in which less than 25% of those employed in the field are women ("Nontraditional Occupations for Women." U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau).
- According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, in 2009 the median weekly earnings of women who worked full-time were only 80% of men's weekly earnings.
- Women are under-represented in many occupations, including those in the trades, technology and science fields, which typically pay well.
- Women employed in non-traditional jobs earn higher wages than women employed in traditionally female occupations.
Considering Non-Traditional OccupationsIf you consider the facts listed above, you can make the argument that part of the reason women earn less than men do is because they aren't typically employed in occupations that pay better — these non-traditional occupations. That is a point worth considering. When choosing a career, women, as well as men, should consider all the options available to them.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, here are some of the occupations that are considered non-traditional for women ("Quick Facts on Nontraditional Occupations for Women." U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau):
- computer and office machine repairers
- construction and building inspectors
- railroad conductors
- truck drivers
- aircraft pilots
- construction occupations
- small engine mechanics
Additional Resources for Women Interested in Non-Traditional CareersHere are additional resources to help you learn more about non-traditional careers for women. Many are from the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, and present statistical information.
National Association of Women in Construction: "NAWIC is an international association that promotes and supports the advancement and employment of women in the construction industry."
Work4Women: This project from Wider Opportunities for Women, or WOW, helps women and girls explore nontraditional jobs, find training programs and support systems to help existing women workers remain in the male-dominated fields.
Nontraditional Employment for Women: NEW is a New York City based organization that provides "occupational skills and fitness training, job readiness, counseling and case management, and job placement services in occupations in which women are underrepresented."