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What are Career Clusters?

Career Clusters are groupings of occupations and broad industries that link what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills they will need for success. Career Clusters are a guide for creating your personal plan for obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway or occupation (Source:

Career Clusters as Pathways to Success…

Career Clusters help you channel your interests and skills and envision how they might fit into different career paths. An occupation is a series of jobs and a career is the lifetime of making good use of your skills, knowledge and experiences. Your career will constantly be evolving, and you can expect to change jobs and career paths many times over the course of your lifetime. No matter where you are, Career Clusters provide a versatile blueprint for your career planning. Major does not necessarily define career. It is important to identify which skills you will need and what types of experiential opportunities to engage in beyond your classroom study.

Download The Career Cluster Exercise-1

Download The Career Cluster Exercise-2

Arts, Communications (Media), and Entertainment

Individuals interested in Arts, Communications/Media, and Entertainment tends to be creative, unstructured, unconventional, and imaginative thinkers who value originality. They may possess musical, artistic, and literary skills. These individuals also enjoy innovative and open experiences over organized and structured activities.

Sample Occupational Paths:  Broadcasting, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations

Business, Financial Services, and Logistics

Individuals interested in Business, Financial Services, and Logistics generally enjoy interacting with people in a manner that involves leadership, persuasion, and management. They tend to be comfortable with their decision-making skills and are ambitious, organized, competitive, self-confident, and possess an entrepreneurial spirit.

Sample Occupational Paths: Accounting, Finance, Management, Operations, Sales, Supply Chain Management

Education and Public & Human Services

Individuals interested in Education and Public & Human Services enjoy interacting with people. They like helping others, doing volunteer work, and contributing to the good of society. These individuals tend to have strong interpersonal and communication skills and are empathetic, patient, and understanding.

Sample Occupational Paths: Education (All Levels), Social Services, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Law

Health, Health Sciences, Environmental and Life Sciences

Individuals interested in these areas care about promoting the physical well-being of others and/or protecting the environment. They tend to be curious, logical, persistent, and possess physical dexterity. They are often analytical and interested in the study of the sciences.  They seek to use their skills to contribute to a greater good which is central to these individuals.

Sample Occupational Paths: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Scientific Research, “Green” Careers

Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems (Math)

Individuals interested in Technology (and Mathematics) often prefer to work independently. They usually like to work with data and things rather than people.  They enjoy solving problems, thinking about and analyzing ideas, and often have strong abilities in applied math and physical sciences.  

Sample Occupational Paths: Software Development, Computer Programming, Actuarial Science, Engineering, Management Information Systems