Alternative/Non-traditional Careers

Table of Contents
  1. Academia
  2. Health Care
  3. Human Resources
  4. Lobbying & Public Policy
  5. Real Estate


Health Care:

  • American College of Financial Services Nearly 8,000 individuals have earned the respected Registered Health Underwriter designation. The RHU program provides up-to-date, relevant education on medical insurance, disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, and managed care.
  • American College of Healthcare Executives ACHE is an international professional society of 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE is known for its prestigious credentialing and educational programs and its annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. The site contains a Career Services section featuring a job bank.
  • American Health Information Management Association The American Health Information Management Association is the community of professionals engaged in health information management, providing support to members and strengthening the industry and profession. AHIMA provides career, professional development and practice resources including a job bank.
  • American Hospital Association The AHA Certification Center designs and administers Certification Programs including the Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) Program.
  • American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration ASHHRA is the nation's only membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the professional needs of human resources practitioners in health care. Offers a job posting site in conjunction with Career Builder.
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners This is a 36,000 member-based global association dedicated to providing anti-fraud education and training. Together with its members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity of our profession. Site contains information about training and certifications as well as an online job board.
  • Be an Actuary This site is for those interested in pursuing an actuarial career. It contains a section on making a career change to an actuarial career and job listings.
  • Health Care Compliance Association HCCA exists to champion ethical practice and compliance standards and to provide the necessary resources for ethics and compliance professionals and others who share these principles. The site includes information on certification programs and also lists job opportunities in compliance.
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association HFMA is the nation's leading membership organization for healthcare financial management executives and leaders. The site contains a job bank.
  • Health Care Job Store This site lists over 16,000 health care jobs including positions in administration.
  • Institute of Internal Auditors The Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation offered by the Institute of Internal Auditors is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and remains the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field.
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is the largest educational association serving the employee benefits and compensation industry. The Foundation oversees testing required to obtain the oldest and most respected professional credential, the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS). The Foundation maintains job listings on their website as well.
  • Medical Group Management Association The national membership association providing information, networking and professional development for the individuals who manage and lead medical group practices. Contains a job posting database including positions in contracts administration and risk management.
  • Modern Healthcare Magazine Weekly publication and leading source of health care business news.

Human Resources:

  • American Marketing Association is one of the largest organizations for marketers. This site provides career and salary information, as well as job bank listings.
  • American Society for Training and Development is a leading professional organization and resource for workplace training and performance issues. A job bank is included on the web site.
  • Association of Legal Administrators is the primary professional organization for individuals responsible for administration and management in law firms. The ALA offers associate membership to practicing lawyers with an interest in those areas. The web site offers a career center and a job bank.
  • Electronic Recruiting Exchange boasts a daily newsletter, a job board for recruiting and HR positions, articles on the recruiting industry and careers and message boards addressing various topics in the industry. The Electronic Recruiting Exchange hosts the annual ER Expo, a recruiting and workforce management conference for recruiting and HR managers, directors and executives.
  • Human Resource Certification Institute offers the Professional in Human Resources (PHR), the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) certification exams to HR professionals.
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is the largest educational association serving the employee benefits and compensation industry. The IFEBP offers the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) credential, a professional credential in the employee benefits and compensation field. The web site offers a job bank.
  • National Association of Legal Search Consultants is the only professional organization that represents legal search professionals. The web site offers a newsletter discussing market trends in the legal job market and the recruiting field.
  • Society for Human Resource Management is the world's largest organization devoted to human resource management. The site provides links to resources, local chapters and job banks.
  • Wisnik Career Enterprises, Inc. is the "recruiter for recruiters." The site posts job listings for legal recruitment professionals.
  • Professional Development Consortium (PDC) is a consortium of individuals working in-house at law firms, government agencies and corporations who are responsible for the training and professional development of lawyers.
  • International Society for Performance Improvement is a global association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. The web site contains a job bank and links to local chapters.
  • Workforce Management offers free on-line membership to access articles and information on HR management, recruiting and staffing, training and development and compensation and benefits.
  • Institute of Management and Administration offers free e-newsletters on a variety of issues related to human resources and management, including law firm management. The Compensation and Benefits for Law Offices newsletter information on law firm recruitment, retention and professional development.
  • ABA's Law Practice Management Section offers innovative and practical information on marketing, management, technology, and finance in the legal environment. The section is responsible for publishing Law Practice magazine.
  • Nation Job Network has a job bank that includes a section on Human Resources jobs.

Lobbying and Public Policy:


  • American League of Lobbyists Website of the national professional association dedicated exclusively to lobbying. The site also contains a page entitled What is Lobbying? and a Career Information page.
  • This inside the beltway site lists Democratic and Republican jobs on and off Capitol Hill.
  • Lobbyists.Info This link provides the online version of Washington Representatives, a detailed listing of lobbyists registered at the federal level, including the organizations they represent, addresses, phone numbers, and the issues on which they work. Requires subscription (subscriptions start at $430/year).
  • LobbySearch Lobby Search is a web-based directory of federal and state lobby firms and lobbyists.
  • Opportunities in Public Affairs Website that bills itself as the #1 source of Capitol Hill, Public Relations and Public Affairs jobs in the Washington, DC area. The site lists some Capitol Hill jobs, government affairs and policy jobs, and entry-level jobs and internships. There also is a Capitol Hill Job Guide.
  • Politics1 This site -the most comprehensive guide to U.S. politics- includes a job bank of campaign and political staff positions.
  • Roll Call This online version of the Newspaper of Capitol Hill comes out weekly and covers all of the political activity in Washington, DC. Roll call and also has a section called RCJobs, a political job site.
  • State and Local Government on the Net This site provides state government links for all 50 states, including all branches of government, counties, cities, towns and villages.
  • State of Wisconsin Ethics Board This site identifies all the organizations lobbying in Wisconsin, the state agencies, as well as individual licensed lobbyists.
  • The official web portal of the U.S. Government. This comprehensive site provides links to all Federal departments and agencies as well as state, local, and tribal government links.
  • WiscJobs This website lists job opportunities with the State of Wisconsin government.

Public Policy

  • Brad Traverse The website is a comprehensive resource for jobs on Capitol Hill and off the Hill in the fields of government relations, public policy and affairs, PR, communications, and political campaigns. Users must subscribe on a monthly or annual basis.
  • This is an online gathering place for non-profit employers.
  • Grassroots Campaigns This organization offers jobs such as field organizer, Regional Director and Canvass Director. Its mission is to build grassroot support for progressive candidates, parties and campaigns.
  • House.Gov This is the official site for the U.S. House of Representatives. Vacancy announcements for a variety of positions are listed.
  • Idealist This is a diverse listing for all types of policy and public interest jobs.
  • Midwest Academy This academy is based in Chicago and works to enable people to actively participate in the democratic process. There are multiple jobs available in organizing and coordinating campaigns.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures The NCSL's site is a clearinghouse for state legislation positions and state public policy positions.
  • Opportunities in Public Affairs This site details opportunities in Public Affairs, specifically public affairs job openings in the public and private sector.
  • Public Policy Handbook The Public Policy Handbook provides information regarding internship and fellowship opportunities with think tanks, advocacy organizations, federal agencies, and other institutions engaged in policy formulation, implementation, analysis and evaluation. Access is restricted. Please contact the CPC for Marquette login information.  
  • RollCall This site is run by Roll Call newspaper. It includes jobs on the Hill, as well as not-for-profit and private sector jobs.
  • Union Jobs Clearinghouse This site lists staffing, trades and apprenticeship positions in many areas of interest and all across the country.
  • United States Senate Placement Office Applicants can explore postings for openings with the U.S. Senate as well as register themselves with the online resume bank that assists U.S. Senators and Senate Committees with filling entry level through professional staff vacancies.
  • USAJobs This is a strong federal employment job site.
  • WomenJob This site is specifically designed to place women and lists internship opportunities as well.

Real Estate

  • National Association of Real Estate Brokers The NAREB's mission is to bring together the nation's minority professionals working in the real estate industry.
  • International Real Estate Institute is the largest international real estate association in the world. IREI boasts members in over 100 countries and its mission is to provide professional recognition and a method to easily network with real estate professionals both internationally and at home. The website has a link to various international real estate publications and has a searchable membership list.
  • National Association of Home Builders The NAHB's site lists local home builders associations.
  • Home Innovation Research Labs is the research arm of the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHBRC is a research and development leader in the homebuilding industry. The organization works with builders and manufacturers, design professionals and housing research, and government and industry. This site has a job bank.
  • Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) is the voice of Canada's residential construction industry, representing more than 6,800 member firms across Canada. The CHBA is comprised of men and women working in every area of Canada's housing industry- new home builders and renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, service professionals and others. This organization publishes a brochure on Career Paths in the Residential Construction Industry.
  • International Counsel of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its members include shopping center owners, developers and managers. ICSC publishes a legal update for its members and hosts an annual Law Conference. This site also has a job bank.
  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)'s site has an extensive Law and Policy section and the organization publishes a Letter of the Law newsletter which is available to registered users.
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute is the largest commercial affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. A CCIM is an expert in commercial and investment real estate and approximately 7,500 professionals have this designation. In order to become a CCIM, a candidate must complete several CCIM accredited courses.
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. This organization is a leading professional commercial and industrial association.
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) boasts a job bank and its career center provides descriptions of various real estate careers and the skills necessary to succeed in real estate.
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and education organization. Its membership includes professionals from the land use and real estate development disciplines who are from both the public and private sectors. ULI's mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. The list of ULI sponsored programs includes networking events.
  • Building Owners and Managers Association, International (BOMA)'s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. BOMA is a source for information on office building development, leasing, building, operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy and technological development. Members include office management professionals from building owners to asset managers.