Career Opportunities

What is a nontraditional career?

A nontraditional career is one in which there is a gender imbalance (where less than 25% of the workers are either females or males). For example, in New York State, men are less than 25% of RN’s (Registered Nurses); women are less than 25% of police officers.

Career choice is significantly influenced by tradition and the way we have been socialized; therefore, men and women are often unaware of the variety of alternatives that are available to them. The purpose of identifying nontraditional options is to foster interest in and access to these careers with the goal of opening up these professions to the under-represented gender.

Why consider a nontraditional career?

Nontraditional careers can offer:
Interesting and rewarding employment opportunities
Higher wages and better benefits
Opportunities for advancement
Increased job satisfaction

What SCCC programs lead to nontraditional careers?


Air Traffic Control, Alternative Energy Technology , Aviation Science, Business Administration, Computer Networking Systems and Cyber Security, Computer Support Technology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Emergency Management, Fire Protection Technology, Music Business, Nanoscale Materials Science and Technology Program, Storage Battery Technology


Accounting, Early Childhood, Nursing*, Paralegal
*In conjunction with Belanger School of Nursing at Ellis Hospital

Click here to find out more about non-traditional careers.

How can SCCC help you?

SCCC's Student Development Center provides a variety of services designed to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals, including exploring nontraditional career options.

Student Development Center services include:
  • Academic Advising
  • Career Counseling
  • Career and Employment Services
  • Internship Assistance
  • Field Experience
  • Job Shadowing
  • Career Related Events
  • College Transfer Opportunities
  • DISCOVER: A computerized program that can help you assess your interest, values, and skills.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: An assessment that can help you learn about your personality in relation to careers.
Career and Employment Services

The Office of Career & Employment Services offers assistance to students, alumni and community members interested in enhancing their education and career goals. Services specific to our Office include employment and job search counseling; assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and researching information; coordination of on-campus recruiting, career events and workshops; and development of work experiences. Click here for more information.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact: Dawn Jones
Nontraditional Career Advisor
(518) 381-1334

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