16 CAREER CLUSTERS AND THEIR CAREER PATHWAYS
Now that you have identified your interests, you have an opportunity to learn about career clusters and how they connect with those interests. Career clusters are groups of occupations in the same field of work that require similar SKILLS. Each cluster contains several smaller groups called career pathways that connect to educational programs, industries, and careers. While a career cluster paints a broad picture of a group of occupations, a pathway helps you focus on and develop a clear, more informed educational plan over time.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Do you enjoy working with plants and animals? Interested in working to conserve natural resources or protect the environment? This cluster includes careers in the production, processing, distribution, financing, and marketing of agricultural products including food, plants, fiber, animals, wood, and other plant and animal resources.
Architecture & Construction
Do you want to design, build, and maintain structures where people live, work, and play? This cluster includes careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment.
Do you like to perform? Do you love to use your artistic creativity on the job? This cluster includes careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content, including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.
Business Management & Administration
Are you entrepreneurial? Do you like to plan and organize activities? This cluster includes careers in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to effective and productive business operations.
Education & Training
Do you enjoy teaching others? Are you comfortable with public speaking? This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services, including administration and library services.
Do you like to work with numbers? Do you want to help people plan for their financial futures? This cluster includes careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.
Government & Public Administration
Are you interested in government and politics? Does the idea of protecting our country appeal to you? This cluster includes careers in planning and providing government services at the federal, state, and local levels, including services related to national security, legislation, foreign service, revenue and taxation, and regulations.
Do you enjoy helping people feel better? Would you like working in a hospital or other medical facility? This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnological research and development.
Hospitality & Tourism
Do you want to help other people enjoy their leisure time? Would you like to work in a hotel or in a restaurant? This cluster includes careers in the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services.
Do you like to help families solve problems? Would you like to connect people with the assistance they need? This cluster includes careers that provide family and individual services such as counseling and mental health, personal care, and consumer advice.
Do you like technology? Do you enjoy working with computer hardware, software, multimedia, or network systems? This cluster includes careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, Internet, multimedia, and systems integration services.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Do you like to help protect other people's safety? Do you want to help enforce the law? This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, corrections, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support.
Do you like to design and make things? Are you comfortable working with machines? This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering.
Do you like to sell products or services? Are you friendly and outgoing? This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Do you like science or math? Do you enjoy solving problems? This cluster includes occupations and careers in planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering), including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Would you like to fly planes, drive trucks, or pilot ships? Does the idea of fixing these vehicles appeal to you? This cluster includes careers in planning and managing the movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water. Professional support services like logistics services and mobile equipment and facility maintenance are also part of this cluster.