Non-traditional Occupations: Why Are We Still Talking About This?. Lynn Reha, ICSPS October 27, 2011. Photo courtesy Lake Land College. NTO Careers:. Which careers are nontraditional?. Nontraditional Careers are good…. For women For men For businesses
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Lynn Reha, ICSPS October 27, 2011
Photo courtesy Lake Land College
Which careers are nontraditional?
Non-traditional jobs are attractive to women because they generally offer higher entry-level wages and a career ladder with pay between $20 and $30 per hour.1
Growth in the economy is projected to expand employment in many of these occupations and secondly, there will be strong demand for workers in these fields due to projected retirements or transfers of current workers to other occupations. Source: U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, Nontraditional Occupations for Women in 2008.
Eighty percent of Fortune 1000 STEM executives report that their companies face challenges in hiring adequate numbers of women and minorities for STEM positions and 95% believe the US will lose its global leadership in science and technology due to a shortage of STEM talent.
Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey, 2008
There was a 79% decline in the number of incoming undergraduate women interested in majoring in Computer Science between 2000 and 2008.
National Center for Women in Information Technology, 2008
Nontraditional jobs are attractive to women because they generally offer higher entry-level wages and a career ladder with pay between $20 and $30 per hour.1
An AA degree in Child Care and an electrician’s apprenticeship both take about 2 years to complete.
Child care workers
Median wages (2009) $9.25 hourly, $19,240 annual2
Median wages (2009)
$22.68 hourly, $47,180 annual3
1Lupton, B. (2006). Explaining men’s entry into female-concentrated occupations: issues of masculinity and social class. Gender, Work & Organization, 13(2), 103-128.
2acobs, J. E., Chhin, C. S., & Bleeker, M.M. (2006). Enduring links: parents’ expectations and their young adult children’s gender-typed occupational choices. Educational Research and Evaluation, 12(4), 395-407.
3Dodson, T., & Borders, L. D. (2006). Men in traditional and nontraditional careers: gender role attitudes, gender role conflict, and job satisfaction.The Career Development Quarterly, 54.
and employee turnover
Access to and participation in math, science and technology
Hands-on instructional strategies
Source: National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Foundation (2009). Nontraditional Career Preparation: Root Causes & Strategies
Bias-free materials and practices
Comprehensive career information
Involvement of parents
Source: National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Foundation
(2009). Nontraditional Career Preparation: Root Causes & Strategies
Could This Be Your Life?
Program improvement begins with institutional assessment like the
New Look Self-Study 2.0
Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support
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