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Labor statistics have indicated a growing trend in occupations selected by women. Increasingly, women are choosing nontraditional occupations. Numerous explanations have been offered for this phenomena. The role the family plays in the woman's eventual career choice was frequently offered as one set of explanatory variables. The phrase "nontraditional career choice" may be defined as the selection of an occupation by the individual of either sex which is viewed as inappropriate for the individual based upon societal customs. Classic examples of nontraditional career choice are the "male-secretary" and the "female-doctor". The very use of a hyphenated sex-ascription draws attention to the person's sex (Auster and Auster, 1981). According to the U.S. Woman's Bureau (1978), nontraditional occupations for women are "those that have less than 30% women workers and include specific jobs such as construction trades, skilled crafts, technical fields, and professions in science, engineering, and medicine" (p.3).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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William Kline


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