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Nontraditional Career Resources

Thinking about — or already in — a nontraditional career? Need information or support? There are plenty of resources and organizations that can help.

National Organizations

U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau
Seeks to improve the status of wage-earning women and their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. It offers up-to-date statistics on women in nontraditional fields.

Wider Opportunity for Women
Supports women working in nontraditional fields. It also includes a unit that focuses on self-sufficiency for older working women.

Work4Women
Offers tips on how to get support, build networks, and prepare and train for a nontraditional career.

I Was Wondering
Showcases notable accomplishments of contemporary women. The site draws from a 10-volume series of biographies entitled "Women's Adventures in Science."

Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Unifies union women, identifies their common problems, and find solutions to those problems.

9 to 5, National Association of Working Women
Focuses on advancing and protecting women's rights at work. This site offers resources to help women deal with sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, work-family balance, and more.

Men Teach
Provides data and resources for men considering a career in teaching.

Association for Women in Science
Focuses on advocacy and breaking down barriers for women in science. Visit this site to find resources, mentoring, awards, internships, and job listings.

National Association of Women in Construction
Strives to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

IEEE – Women in Engineering
Dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. Seeks to inspire, engage, encourage, and empower IEEE women worldwide.

Association for Women in Mathematics
Provides a clearinghouse of information for women in math-related fields, including scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

Engineer Girl
Helps girls considering a career in engineering. Be sure to check out the "Ask an Engineer" feature.

Minnesota Organizations

National Association of Women in Construction – Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter
Provides information on the local chapter of NAWIC. Includes a scholarship page.

Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Focuses on economic justice, reproductive rights, safety and security, human rights, and political representation for Minnesota women.