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4 non-traditional careers and training programs to explore

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 23, 2016 6:32 am

Are you trying to find a career that’s right for you and need a little inspiration? There are lots of untraditional jobs in B.C. you may not have considered – many of which don’t require a university degree, but rather hands-on training through apprenticeships. That means you get to learn (and earn) while you work. If we’ve got you thinking about pursuing the road less travelled, WorkBC’s Blueprint Builder can help you determine how to get into the career that’s right for you.

Here are just four career paths that fall into the slightly less traditional category to get you thinking.

Crane operator

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Image: beornbjorn / Shutterstock

If working high in the sky isn’t a problem for you, you may be well suited to a job as a tower crane operator. Crane operators use cranes to transport objects, although not all cranes are as tall as a tower crane. Others include mobile cranes, boom trucks and self-erect tower cranes. Crane operators frequently work on construction sites, in refineries and in warehouses or storage facilities. Operators need to complete an in-house competency certification program and can earn higher certifications through theory and practical assessments.

Baker

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Image: Photographee.eu / Shutterstock

Do you look forward to opportunities to bake for your friends and family? Bakers are responsible for creating breads, pastries and any other baked goods as needed by employers or clients. They may be self-employed and run their own bakery or catering service or they might work for a small shop. Although they follow recipes, bakers are sometimes hired to adjust existing recipes or come up with new creations of their own. Find a local shop willing to take on an apprentice or look for a culinary program in your area.

Drafting technologist and technician

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Image: Laborant / Shutterstock

A drafting technologist or technician works in a variety of disciplines as part of an engineering team or independently to prepare engineering designs and related technical information. They are frequently employed in the manufacturing sector or in professional, scientific and technical services for architects and engineers. Among the documents they may need to produce are engineering plans, architectural plans, maps and flow diagrams. If you’ve got an eye for design and a head for technical information, drafting technology may be the field for you. Employers often require workers to be certified in engineering design and drafting technology or related fields, so look here for more information.

Sheet metal worker

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Image: Goodluz / Shutterstock

Sheet metal workers are skilled tradespeople who create, install, repair and maintain sheet metal products like components in heating, cooling and ventilation systems that are used in commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Sheet metal workers have diverse skill sets, though, and can work on anything from rain gutters, to automobiles, to restaurant equipment. Find an apprenticeship through a local school or program to get started in this exciting career.

There are many non-traditional and exciting career options available to you here in B.C. Find your path by using WorkBC’s Blueprint Builder, which helps you explore your career options. For more information on the Blueprint Builder or other programs and services, visit gov.bc.ca.

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