Career Exploration through Career Clusters

With so many career options out there, how do you start? Use these career clusters to explore different career paths and begin mapping out your future.

Career clusters are intended to help you find a general career direction. Once you identify the career clusters that capture your interest, keep refining your search. Use the diagram below to explore any of the sixteen (16) Career Pathways in the Career Cluster Framework. For example, if you are interested in Network Systems, click on the Information Technology box in the Communication and Information Cluster (Purple). If you are interested in Teaching or Training, click on the Education and Training box in the Human Sciences and Education Cluster (Blue).

The National Career Clustersâ„¢ Framework is comprised of six (6) Career Clusters and sixteen (16) Career Pathways. Students can explore different career options in preparation for college and beyond. Job Seekers can learn more about industries they are interested in pursuing.


Business, Marketing, and Management

  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Merchandising
  • Professional Selling
Hospitality and Tourism
  • Lodging
  • Recreation, Amusements, and Attractions
  • Restaurants and Food and Beverage Services
  • Travel and Tourism
Business Management and Administration
  • Administrative Services
  • Business Information Management
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Banking Services
  • Business Finance
  • Securities and Investments
  • Insurance

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Agribusiness Solutions
  • Animal Systems
  • Environmental Service Systems
  • Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Natural Resources Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Power, Structural, and Technical Systems

Communication and Information Systems

Arts, A/V Technology and Communications
  • Audio/Video Technology and Film
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Performing Arts
  • Printing Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Visual Arts
Information Technology
  • Information Support and Services
  • Network Systems
  • Programming and Software Development
  • Web and Digital Communications

Skilled and Technical Sciences

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Science and Math
  • Health, Safety, and Environmental Assurance
  • Logistics and Inventory Control
  • Manufacturing Production Process Development
  • Maintenance, Installation and Repair
  • Products
  • Quality Assurance
Architecture and Construction
  • Construction
  • Design and Pre-construction
  • Maintenance and Operations
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance
  • Health, Safety, and Environmental Management
  • Logistics, Planning and Management Services
  • Sales and Services
  • Transportation Operations
  • Transportation, Systems Infrastructure
  • Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations

Health Sciences

Health Sciences
  • Biotechnology Research and Development
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Health Informatics
  • Supportive Services
  • Therapeutic Services

Human Sciences and Education

Government and Public Administration
  • Foreign Service
  • Governance
  • National Security
  • Planning
  • Public Management and Administration
  • Regulation
  • Revenue and Taxation
Human Services
  • Consumer Services
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Early Childhood Development and Services
  • Family and Community Service
  • Personal Care Services
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Corrections Services
  • Emergency and Fire Management Services
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Legal Services
  • Security and Protective Services
Education and Training
  • Administration and Administrative Support
  • Professional Support Services
  • Teaching/Training

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