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Non-traditional Career Information

Career Services, Non - traditional Career Information at Catawba Valley Community College. At CVCC, we are here to assist you in exploring your career options and pursuing the career path that best fits you!

Woman in overalls giving thumbs up in front of a car with the wheel offA non-traditional career is one in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the total employed in that occupation. While all students are encouraged to choose a career plan that suits their interests, values and strengths, some students may become discouraged from pursuing these occupations based on the belief that certain careers are suitable for men or women only. Also, students may not be aware of the variety of careers available.

At CVCC, we are here to assist you in exploring your career options and pursuing the career path that best fits you!


What Are Some Benefits of Choosing a Non-traditional Career?

Based on information from Progressive Careers Series, Non-traditional Careers Guide to Nontraditional Occupations for Women and for Men.

For Men and Women

  • Greater Earnings
  • Better Opportunity for Advancement
  • Prestige and Challenge
  • Variety
  • Gender Equity Practices
  • Being a Pioneer
  • Greater Job and Self Satisfaction

What Programs Are Considered Non-traditional at CVCC?

Programs Considered Non-Traditional

For Women

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration
  • Associate in Engineering
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Basic Law Enforcement
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computer-Integrated Machining Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Electrical Systems Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • Health and Fitness Science
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Networking Technology
  • Turfgrass Management
  • Welding Technology

For Men

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electroneurodiagnotics Technology
  • Health Information Technology
  • Healthcare Management Technology
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Photographic Technology
  • Polysomnography
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology


How Do I Know If A Non-traditional Career Is For Me?

woman having teeth clean by male dental hygienistMaking informed career decisions requires knowing yourself (your interests, values, skills and personality) as well as knowing as much as you can about the careers that interest you. The CVCC Career Center can assist you in exploring your career options. We offer a variety of career assessments and career resources to help you discover your career path. If you are interested in discussing your career path, please visit the Career Center, contact us at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4690 or email to schedule an appointment with the career counselor.

For additional non-traditional career information, please visit our Career Resources webpage.