Nontraditional Careers

BMCC Nontraditional Career Academic Services

BMCC Nontraditional Career Academic Services is dedicated to helping students explore new career paths.

What is a Nontraditional Career?

A nontraditional career is defined as one where more than 75% of the workforce is of one gender.

Why Choose a Nontraditional Career?

Increased salary is often a common reason for individuals to consider a nontraditional career. This is especially true for women, as many fields, such as engineering and technological jobs (generally held by men) boast a lucrative paycheck.  Nursing is an excellent example of a nontraditional occupation for men that offer great financial compensation.

Broader Job/Advancement Opportunities

Nontraditional careers tends to have stabilized paths for advancement, and are often unionized. These factors facilitate professional growth opportunities, leading to greater responsibilities and higher salaries.

Job Satisfaction

Selecting a career based on personal strengths and genuine interest will lead to greater job satisfaction.  Now more than ever before, men and women are excelling and finding happiness in nontraditional careers.  If you feel strongly about pursuing a nontraditional occupation, follow your intuition rather than shying away due to existing gender stereotypes.

Opportunity to Learn

A new career presents an excellent chance to expand your knowledge base, and a nontraditional career is often a great way to broaden your horizons.  Gaining hands-on training and expertise in a desirable field will make you a more valuable employee.  Nontraditional occupations require some of the most specialized and in-demand skill sets. In today’s economy, you can never be too marketable.

Paving the Way for Others

Some individuals enjoy pioneering and contributing to a diversification that will benefit generations to come. If you feel at ease setting a positive example and blazing a path of inspiration for others, a nontraditional career may be a perfect fit!


With the vast array of available careers, you owe it to yourself to consider all of your options.  What will make you happy?  Don’t limit your choices while searching for your dream career!

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For more information on the Nontraditional Career Academic Services:

Please visit Mr. Anthony Davis-Crowder or Ms. Kristin Saez in the Academic Advisement & Transfer Center, room S108.
Telephone: 212-776-6898 or 212-776-7026

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