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Unconventional Jobs for Women

Compared to a few decades ago when women were almost always limited to the choice of becoming a teacher, secretary or nurse, the work field has opened dramatically and presented near limitless career fields for women to train for and work in. While many women still work in the service industry, more women are beginning to explore non-traditional occupations that have, until very recently, been filled almost exclusively by men. For women interested in more unconventional jobs, the benefits can often include flexible hours and higher paying salaries.

Women And Trucking Jobs

Some women are swapping a job at the office for something a bit more exciting in the trucking industry. Over-the-road truck drivers are responsible for transporting goods, foods and other products to towns and cities all across the country. While driving an 18-wheeler has traditionally been a job that young boys often dream of doing when they grow up, more women are beginning to don the trucker cap and take hands-on job in the transportation industry alongside their male counterparts. Training, which requires students to earn a CDL (commercial drivers license) can be completed in a matter of weeks. Employment rate for truck drivers, heavy equipment drivers and public transportation drivers is growing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Drivers earn a median wage of $14.00 per hour.

Animal And Pest Control For Women

Pest control and animal control is another career field that more women are beginning to choose as a viable career opportunity. Exterminators and pest control technicians specialize in ridding homes, commercial buildings and public areas of insect and animal problems, some of which may be dangerous or destructive to people and property. Training is usually conducted on the job, and women entering this field can expect to work as a technician assistant for a few years. Basic college courses in sciences, such as chemistry or biology, as well as strong communication and customer service skills are a plus.

Women And Small Engine Repair

Another unconventional career field for women who are mechanically inclined is small engine repair. A mechanic that works on small engines can expect to fix everything from a lawnmower to expensive motorcycles; the sheer variety of machines that come in for repair keeps this job from ever seeming boring. Women considering a career in small engine repair will have to take classes at a technical school or community college for up to two years. Average median wage for small engine mechanics is about $15.00 per hour.

Unordinary Jobs and Careers

Have you been laid off from your job as a result of the poor economy and thinking of entering another field? Or are you having trouble finding a job? The answer may lie in getting one of the following jobs you may have not considered. They are unordinary and quite uncommon jobs and careers with a ranging skillset.

Cruise Ship Jobs

What more would you want from being on a ship and going on cruises all the time? Similar to being an airplane stewardess, you get the opportunities to visit places all over the world while interacting with a diverse mix of cultures. These opportunities are typically found on luxury cruise liners but there are smaller tourist ships all over the world. For example, you can be part of the crew on a steamboat travelling the rivers of America or on a yacht traveling along the shorelines of Maine. The entry level positions available to you are maintenance crew, being a ship officer, deckhand, hotel staff, the gift shop staff, musical entertainer, food and drink workers like a bartender or waiter, tour guide, and an exercise fitness instructor.

Professional Hacker

One of the more unique jobs out there involves advance knowledge of computer and technology skills. As a legal professional hacker, you test computer security systems by trying to break into them. Ethical hacking or white hat hackers help large or small companies evaluate their securities and judge if they can withstand the malicious software out there. Banks and government agencies are also a few of the industries that hire. By protecting their valuable information and fighting cyber terrorism, you provide a great service. Hackers are in high demand because they have the ability to think in a gray area and to notify the masses of these vulnerabilities.

Veterinary Technician

A vet tech serves as an assistant to the veterinarian. Among the responsibilities of the vet tech is to assist with surgeries and other procedures, give injections, and maintain accurate medical records. A vet tech must have an animal health technician certification from an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited institution or a medical technology degree. Veterinary technicians can work in veterinary offices or at zoos. Veterinary technicians can obtain work at zoos caring for exotic animals.

Undertaker Assistant

The undertaker assistant is involved with many job roles. They setup the caskets and the surrounding areas in time for a funeral. Flower placement and light ordainments on the casket is the design aspect of being an funeral assistant. During the funeral ceremony, the assistant directs their movements and provides the necessary equipment for the friends and family. This job requires a minimum high school education.

Dental Laboratory Technician

Dental laboratory technicians make, repair and adjust false teeth, crowns, and braces to improve patients’ appearance, speech and their ability to chew. They follow a prescription from a dentist or doctor, and make appliances to suit individual patients1 needs. The best thing about going for a dental technician career is that you do not need a college degree. However by enrolling into dental lab technology programs, you can improve your chances for employment.


Gemologists identify, sort, and grade gem-stones, advise jewelers on gemstone quality, and decide on which metal and setting will aptly suit a particular type of gemstone. Gemologist jobs generally require a combination of formal instruction and on-the-job experience. Employers prefer to hire gemologists who have a diploma in gemology.

Surgical Technologist

Surgical technologists, also known as surgical or operating room technicians or scrubs, prepare the operating room and the patient for the operation. During the operation, technologists hand tools and supplies to the doctors and surgeon assistants, and assist with specimens to be taken to the laboratory. Following the surgery, technologists restock the room with supplies and may transport the patient back to his or her room to recover. Training programs at community colleges lead to an associate degree, diploma, or certificate.

Crime Scene Technician

These technicians are responsible for gathering, detecting, preserving anything that can help a case. Outside of the crime scene, physical evidence such as fingerprints must be analyzed and processed. There is also the evidence examination from the crime scenes. The goal is to create a visual story of the moments prior the event and determining motive, weapon and suspects. If you can deal with crime scenes, there are crime scene cleaner jobs that involve returning the violent crime scenes back to their normal state.


Acupuncturists have long been considered the alternative medicine of the eastern culture but they are also legitimate health care providers who use procedures that are designed to stimulate the human anatomical parts and points on the human body. Long needles penetrate the skin and can be placed where nerve endings are located. Some acupuncturists add electrical stimulation to the needles to trigger the nerves.

Bail Enforcement Agent

The services of a bail enforcement agent, better known as a bounty hunter, are used when a defendant foils to show up for court. In this case, he/she forfeits bond and the bail bondsman hires a bounty hunter to track the defendant down and turn him/her over to law enforcement. There are requirements and licensing involved.

In these tough times, it makes sense to explore all job options even the unconventional careers. Look into these types of jobs and you may discover a new, exciting career.