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Nontraditional Careers for Men and Women

There are occupations in every career field that are nontraditional for either men or women. Explore some of them to see if one might be for you.

Nontraditional Occupations for Women

Title WageHelp text for wages Current Demand IndicatorHelp text for current demand indicator Projected Total Openings (2014 - 2024) Typical Entry Level Education
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$21.28/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star7,920Postsecondary nondegree award
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers$16.83/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,760High school diploma or equivalent
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$14.88/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star10,760No formal educational credential
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics$19.12/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star4,020Postsecondary nondegree award
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$20.2/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star6,850High school diploma or equivalent
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers$14.47/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star4,030No formal educational credential
Security Guards$14.67/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star1,870High school diploma or equivalent
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers$20.34/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,660High school diploma or equivalent
Industrial Engineers$41.76/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,410Bachelor's degree
Dishwashers$10.01/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star3,460No formal educational credential
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists$23.44/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star1,930High school diploma or equivalent
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers$24.96/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star570Postsecondary nondegree award
Electricians$32.46/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,870High school diploma or equivalent
Construction Laborers$21.35/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star4,090No formal educational credential
Machinists$23/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star4,320High school diploma or equivalent
Civil Engineers$40.2/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star1,410Bachelor's degree
Electrical Engineers$43.74/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star760Bachelor's degree
Driver/Sales Workers$10.02/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star1,520High school diploma or equivalent
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$25.92/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,490High school diploma or equivalent
Mechanical Engineers$38.26/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,320Bachelor's degree
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic$20.2/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,320High school diploma or equivalent
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers$30.06/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star290Postsecondary nondegree award
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment$11.14/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star3,070No formal educational credential
Computer Programmers$38.81/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star1,800Bachelor's degree
Industrial Engineering Technicians$24.98/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star720Associate's degree
Automotive Body and Related Repairers$21.72/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star800High school diploma or equivalent
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$18.31/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star2,770No formal educational credential
Slaughterers and Meat Packers$14.78/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,710No formal educational credential
Industrial Production Managers$46.73/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,500Bachelor's degree
Cost Estimators$29.6/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,380Bachelor's degree
Parts Salespersons$14.89/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,490No formal educational credential
Carpenters$23.07/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star3,700High school diploma or equivalent
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$34.08/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star2,060High school diploma or equivalent
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic$17.13/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star950High school diploma or equivalent
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians$29.65/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star600Associate's degree
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs$13.24/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,320No formal educational credential
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval$39.09/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star370Bachelor's degree
Dentists, General$88.38/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star650Doctoral or professional degree
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers full starfull starfull starfull starempty star790Bachelor's degree
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic$28.08/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star500Postsecondary nondegree award
Butchers and Meat Cutters$18.24/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star540No formal educational credential
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers$13.95/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star490No formal educational credential
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines$27.13/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,160High school diploma or equivalent
Construction Managers$41.76/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star840Bachelor's degree
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$44.54/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star300Bachelor's degree
Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers$18.94/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star580Some college, no degree
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians$29.1/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star340Postsecondary nondegree award
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$19.52/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star610High school diploma or equivalent
Couriers and Messengers$13.11/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star270High school diploma or equivalent
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators$29.31/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star2,190High school diploma or equivalent
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$18.66/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star400High school diploma or equivalent
Pest Control Workers$22.17/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star120High school diploma or equivalent
Medical Equipment Repairers$29.29/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star290Associate's degree
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers$23.88/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star900No formal educational credential
Chefs and Head Cooks$19.04/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star430High school diploma or equivalent
Painters, Transportation Equipment$22.29/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star210High school diploma or equivalent
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$18.29/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star530High school diploma or equivalent
Chiropractors$32.85/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star350Doctoral or professional degree
Landscape Architects$30.91/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star120Bachelor's degree
Crane and Tower Operators$33.71/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star360High school diploma or equivalent
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators$27.43/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star510High school diploma or equivalent
Mechanical Engineering Technicians$25.93/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star380Associate's degree
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors$19.15/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star920No formal educational credential
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$19.69/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star260High school diploma or equivalent
Tile and Marble Setters$22.26/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star210No formal educational credential
Architectural and Civil Drafters$25.11/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star240Associate's degree
Roofers$31.65/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star520No formal educational credential
Helpers--Carpenters$18.49/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star160No formal educational credential
Carpet Installers$28.19/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star100No formal educational credential
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics$16.94/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star140High school diploma or equivalent
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers$17.47/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star130No formal educational credential
Computer Hardware Engineers$50.2/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star310Bachelor's degree
Public Address System and Other Announcersfull starfull starempty starempty starempty star130High school diploma or equivalent
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand$15.39/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star160No formal educational credential
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers$24.6/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star170No formal educational credential
Millwrights$22.49/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star240High school diploma or equivalent
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers$20.77/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star160Postsecondary nondegree award
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$39.96/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star120Bachelor's degree
Electrical and Electronics Drafters$26.51/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star70Associate's degree
Environmental Engineering Technicians$20.55/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star100Associate's degree
Civil Engineering Technicians$29.67/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star720Associate's degree
Construction and Building Inspectors$32.16/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star510High school diploma or equivalent
Painters, Construction and Maintenance$20.47/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star1,590No formal educational credential
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians$21.08/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star140High school diploma or equivalent
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders$18.39/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star100High school diploma or equivalent
Tool and Die Makers$27.23/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star80Postsecondary nondegree award
Electro-Mechanical Technicians$27.32/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star40Associate's degree
Mechanical Drafters$28.09/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star310Associate's degree
Chemical Engineers$37.5/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star160Bachelor's degree
Aerospace Engineers$54.65/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star60Bachelor's degree
Radio and Television Announcers$14.33/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star280Bachelor's degree
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators$16.31/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star80High school diploma or equivalent
Commercial Pilots full starfull starempty starempty starempty star170High school diploma or equivalent
Parking Lot Attendants$11.19/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star1,300No formal educational credential
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers$44.51/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star550High school diploma or equivalent
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$34.56/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star300High school diploma or equivalent
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$17.11/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star70High school diploma or equivalent
Sheet Metal Workers$32.04/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star680High school diploma or equivalent
Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians$19.21/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star750High school diploma or equivalent
Tire Repairers and Changers$13.35/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star560High school diploma or equivalent
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$19/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star430High school diploma or equivalent
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$20.67/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star350High school diploma or equivalent
Tree Trimmers and Pruners$22.92/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star260High school diploma or equivalent
Structural Iron and Steel Workers$35.17/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star120High school diploma or equivalent
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers$18.74/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star580High school diploma or equivalent
Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation$18.09/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star220High school diploma or equivalent
Surveying and Mapping Technicians$24.15/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star110High school diploma or equivalent
Brickmasons and Blockmasons$33.99/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star350High school diploma or equivalent
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians$19.18/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star170Postsecondary nondegree award
Broadcast Technicians$13.67/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star90Associate's degree
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairs$28.95/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star20Associate's degree
Rail Car Repairers$28.57/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star70High school diploma or equivalent
Highway Maintenance Workers$24.29/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star1,700High school diploma or equivalent
Pipelayers$31.42/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star160No formal educational credential
Tapers$32.11/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star80No formal educational credential
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians$17.24/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star120High school diploma or equivalent
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians$30.52/hour Associate's degree
Clergy$23.14/hour Bachelor's degree
Radio Operators$25.12/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Sound Engineering Technicians$27.13/hour Postsecondary nondegree award
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture$16.73/hour Bachelor's degree
Film and Video Editors$20.5/hour Bachelor's degree
Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeonsDoctoral or professional degree
OrthodontistsDoctoral or professional degree
ProsthodontistsDoctoral or professional degree
Barbers$13.98/hour Postsecondary nondegree award
Stonemasons$21.03/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles$18.1/hour No formal educational credential
Floor Sanders and Finishers$18.27/hour No formal educational credential
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers$17.92/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters$21.2/hour No formal educational credential
Helpers--Electricians$13.69/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons$16.26/hour No formal educational credential
Helpers--Roofers$13.18/hour No formal educational credential
Continuous Mining Machine OperatorsNo formal educational credential
Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine OperatorsHigh school diploma or equivalent
Rock Splitters, Quarry$17.63/hour No formal educational credential
Motorcycle Mechanics$16.82/hour Postsecondary nondegree award
Bicycle Repairers$11.86/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Refractory Materials Repairers, Except BrickmasonsHigh school diploma or equivalent
Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers$23.63/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners$18.56/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Watch RepairersHigh school diploma or equivalent
Fabric Menders, Except GarmentHigh school diploma or equivalent
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand$15.7/hour No formal educational credential
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters$29.93/hour High school diploma or equivalent

Nontraditional Occupations for Men

Title WageHelp text for wages Current Demand IndicatorHelp text for current demand indicator Projected Total Openings (2014 - 2024) Typical Entry Level Education
Home Health Aides$12.79/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star16,190High school diploma or equivalent
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners$11.64/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star7,560No formal educational credential
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$21.34/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star7,200Postsecondary nondegree award
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive$18.95/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star3,320High school diploma or equivalent
Child, Family, and School Social Workers$26.47/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star1,800Bachelor's degree
Tellers$13.1/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star3,290High school diploma or equivalent
Special Education Teachers, Secondary School full starfull starfull starfull starfull star790Bachelor's degree
Office Clerks, General$16.85/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star12,780High school diploma or equivalent
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks$19.67/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star3,900Some college, no degree
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop$9.97/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star4,900No formal educational credential
Medical Secretaries$19.96/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,080High school diploma or equivalent
Receptionists and Information Clerks$14.36/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star6,510High school diploma or equivalent
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education full starfull starfull starfull starfull star6,570Bachelor's degree
Teacher Assistants full starfull starfull starfull starfull star8,270Some college, no degree
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education$14.78/hour full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,350Associate's degree
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education full starfull starfull starfull starfull star2,300Bachelor's degree
Healthcare Social Workers$27.94/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star960Master's degree
Massage Therapists$21.43/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,070Postsecondary nondegree award
Loan Interviewers and Clerks$20.81/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star960High school diploma or equivalent
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians$22.07/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star1,200Postsecondary nondegree award
Dental Assistants$23.02/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star2,000Postsecondary nondegree award
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers$22.41/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star810Master's degree
Psychiatric Aidesfull starfull starfull starfull starempty starHigh school diploma or equivalent
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs$23.43/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star350High school diploma or equivalent
Legal Secretaries$25.05/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star410High school diploma or equivalent
Occupational Therapists$35.26/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star740Master's degree
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists$11.86/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star5,010Postsecondary nondegree award
Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan$17.02/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star920High school diploma or equivalent
Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers$24.85/hour full starfull starfull starfull starempty star230High school diploma or equivalent
Manicurists and Pedicurists$12.02/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star260Postsecondary nondegree award
Dietitians and Nutritionists$29.06/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star300Bachelor's degree
Paralegals and Legal Assistants$26.69/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star1,470Associate's degree
Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks$19.39/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star1,010High school diploma or equivalent
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants$25.49/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star2,070High school diploma or equivalent
Dental Hygienists$35.19/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star1,310Associate's degree
Skincare Specialists$17.31/hour full starfull starfull starempty starempty star140Postsecondary nondegree award
Demonstrators and Product Promoters$11.1/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star790No formal educational credential
File Clerks$15.27/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star580High school diploma or equivalent
Special Education Teachers, Middle School full starfull starempty starempty starempty star250Bachelor's degree
Interpreters and Translators$22.79/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star640Bachelor's degree
Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks$22/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star1,110High school diploma or equivalent
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks$21.36/hour full starfull starempty starempty starempty star230High school diploma or equivalent
Court Reporters$34.59/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star80Postsecondary nondegree award
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping$19.6/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star410Associate's degree
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education full starempty starempty starempty starempty star970Bachelor's degree
Travel Agents$16.53/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star160High school diploma or equivalent
Judicial Law Clerks$24.45/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star90Doctoral or professional degree
Library Assistants, Clerical$15.03/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star350High school diploma or equivalent
Librarians$28.74/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star430Master's degree
Data Entry Keyers$15.66/hour full starempty starempty starempty starempty star470High school diploma or equivalent
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School Bachelor's degree
Exercise Physiologists$28.84/hour Bachelor's degree
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and PerformancePostsecondary nondegree award
ShampooersNo formal educational credential
ModelsNo formal educational credential
Word Processors and Typists$19.94/hour High school diploma or equivalent
Sewers, Hand$12.09/hour No formal educational credential
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers$22/hour No formal educational credential

 

Sources:
Minnesota Employment and Economic Development OES First Quarter 2017, Occupations In Demand Updated July 2017
Bureau of Labor Statistics Typical Entry Level Education 2016
Career Clusters O*NET