Nontraditional Careers

In spite of what you may think, there's no such thing as a "man's job" or a "woman's job." Skill requirements don't have a gender, so why should jobs?

The term nontraditional careers refers to jobs that have been traditionally filled by one gender. The US Department of Labor defines nontraditional occupations as occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in each such occupation. See some of the latest statistics and projections from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity.

Harcum welcomes men to these nontraditional programs:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Accounting
  • Dental Assisting & Dental Hygiene
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary Technician
Harcum welcomes women to this nontraditional program:
  • Law and Justice

Meet students who are enrolled in these programs and find out how Harcum helped prepare them for their careers:

Gemayal KeyesMen in Early Childhood Education

"I’ve worked for the School District of Philadelphia for nearly ten years as a paraprofessional. When the chance to begin my teaching career presented itself through Harcum, I decided to step out on faith and see what happens. After spending years as the only male para in my building, I am now the only male in the ECE program at my site. I've decided to take this journey because I know our youth need strong male influences and I feel that is what I can deliver. While I know it will be a challenge to achieve my ultimate goal, I am up for the task and thanks to my positive experience at Harcum I know I'll make it." - Gemayel Keyes

Learn more about Harcum's Early Childhood Education program>>

Men in Early Childhood: Fathers & Teachers
The Power of Men in the Early Childhood Classroom
A Need for More Men in Children's Education


Sebastian Paredes Men in Dental Assisting

"The enormous experience as well as the knowledge you get in this Dental track program is very beneficial. The one-on-one attention you receive as a student by the dental faculty is beyond helpful. What makes this program unique are the great minded students and their ambition to gain experience; while the enlightenment from the faculty in and out of the clinics is outstanding." - Sebastian Paredes

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An Interview With a Male Dental Assistant
Are There Male Dental Assistants?

Brian Men as Medical Laboratory Technicians

"I like to help people through diagnosis of their physiological problems and finding the treatment they need and Harcum's MLT program put me on the fast track to a career I will enjoy." - Brian Tercha, Medical Lab Technician student


Learn more about Harcum's MLT program>>
Health Workforce Report

Ernest Prince Men in Nursing

"I like Harcum for a lot of reasons. The college is small and seems family oriented. All of my professors and advisors know my first, middle, and last name and we have an excellent relationship. The Harcum College Nursing Program synchronizes perfectly with my working schedule. I love Harcum and what they are offering and I am glad that I am a part of it." - Ernest Prince 

Learn more about Harcum's Nursing program>>
American Assembly for Men in Nursing
Men in Nursing
More Men Entering Nursing Profession

Daniel Coltrain Men in Veterinary Technology

"Veterinary technology is a fairly physically active field and offers an immediate and direct feeling of accomplishing something; working directly with an animal or owner, helping them, and finding a solution to the problem they were having is rewarding. I decided to apply to Harcum because the program has a good reputation locally, and I knew people who had gone, graduated, gotten jobs, and spoke well of it." - Daniel Coltrain

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Sara Jo Women in Law & Justice

"I wanted small classes and to be able to connect with faculty; and I've been able to accomplish both at Harcum. There's a real spirit of cooperation and commitment to students here." - Sara Jo Fegley

Learn more about Harcum's Law & Justice program>>
Careers for Women in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Careers for Women