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What are Career Clusters?

Career Clusters are groups of occupations that have in common a set of foundational knowledge and skills.  There are 16 nationally recognized clusters that contain multiple Career Pathways.  A Career Pathway represents a grouping of occupations within a cluster that share a base level of common knowledge and skill.


16 career Clusters

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A / V Technology & Communication
  • Business, Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, Sales & Service
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Why are Career Clusters important?

  • Create clear educational pathways from secondary to postsecondary education to the workplace
  • Provide information and experiences so students can make informed educational choices
  • Help students design individual plans of study

Comprise a key element in enhancing economic development by connecting schools with business and industry.