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Career Cluster Descriptions

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster

Occupations involved in this pathway are related to agriculture, the environment, and natural resources, including earth science, environmental science, marine science, plant science, and animal science. These may include: horticulturist, fish/game warden, conservationist, biological scientist, geologist, veterinarian, and production agriculture.

Architecture & Construction Career Cluster

Occupations involved in this pathway are related to designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. These may include: Architect, Computer Aided Drafter (CAD), Planner, Surveyor, Carpenter, Electrician, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) mechanic, Painter, Plumber, or Contractor.

Arts, A/V Technology & Communication Career Cluster

Occupations involved in this pathway design, produce, exhibit, perform, write, and publish multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. These may include: video graphics, special effects, and animation, film and video editors, audio systems technician, audio/visual technicians, reporters, radio and TV announcers, photographers, interior designers, and telecommunication equipment and repair.

Business, Management & Administration Career Clusters
Occupations involved in the business environment encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. These may include: Entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer, Government Manager, Supervisor, Human Resources Manager, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Office Manager, and Administrative Assistant.
Finance Career Clusters

Occupations involved in finance encompass planning, services for financial and investment planning, bank, insurance, and business financial management. These may include: Personal Finance Advisors, Tax Preparation Specialist, Accountants, Collectors, Certified Purchasing Professionals, Loan Officers, Auditors, and Underwriters.

Education and Training Career Cluster

Occupations involved in education and training encompass planning, managing, and provide education and training services, and related learning support services. These may include: Elementary and Secondary educators, Administrators, Supervisors and Coordinators, Principals, Superintendents, Social Workers, Counselors, Teacher Aides, Librarians, and College Professors.

Government and Public Administration Career Cluster

Occupations involved in government and public administration encompass executing governmental functions to include: Governance, National Security, Foreign Service, Planning, Revenue and Taxation, Regulation, and Management and Administration at the local, state, and federal levels.

Health Science Career Cluster

Occupations involved in health science encompass the planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. These may include: Certified Nurse Assistant, Medical Assistant, Nurse, Pharmacist, Radiologist, Physician, Dentist, Admitting Clerk, Dietician, Biomedical Technician, and Quality Assurance Technician.

Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster

Occupations involved in Hospitality and Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services. They may include: Restaurants & Food/Beverage Services, Lodging, Travel & Tourism, Recreation, and Amusements & Attractions.

Human Services Career Clusters

Occupations involved in human services prepare individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs. These may include: Child Care Directors, Teacher Assistants, Clinical Psychologist, School Counselors, Social Services Worker, Cosmetologist, Funeral Morticians/Embalmers, Customer Service Representatives, and Sales Consultants.

Information Technology Career Cluster

Occupations related to information technology build linkages to IT occupations framework from entry level to professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. These may include: Network Administrator, Systems Administrator, Network Specialist/Technician, Database Management, Desktop Publisher, Maintenance Technician, Media Specialist, Web Designer, Software Engineer, and Computer Engineer.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster

Occupations related to law, public safety, corrections and security encompass planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. These may include: Warden, Jail Administrator, Probation/Parole Officer, Attorney, Emergency Management and Response Coordinator, Security Officer, Emergency Dispatcher, Police Officer, Paramedic, Private/Corporate Investigator, IT Specialist, Sheriff, Border Patrol Officer, Customs Officer, Park Ranger, Court Reporter, and Legal Assistant.

Manufacturing Career Cluster

Occupations relating to manufacturing encompass planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate and final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. These may include: Assembler, Machine Operator, Painter, Welder, Electronics Engineer, Quality Control Technician, Traffic Shipping and Receiving Clerk, and Safety Coordinator.

Marketing Career Cluster

Occupations relating to marketing encompass planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. These may include: Entrepreneurs, Salespersons, Customer Service Representatives, Account Executives, Advertising Managers, Public Relations Officers, Marketing Associates, Database Managers, Strategic Planners, and Analysts.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Career Cluster

Occupations relating to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics encompass planning, managing, and providing scientific research, and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, and engineering), including laboratory and testing services, research and development services. These may include: Aerospace Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Architectural Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Computer Engineer, Computer Programmer, Drafter, Electrician, Industrial Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Biologist, CAD operator, Mathematician, Physicist, Science Teacher, and Statistician.

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Career Cluster

Occupations relating Transportation, Distribution and Logistics encompass planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water, and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance. These may include: Dispatchers, Air Traffic Controllers, Railyard Conductors, Ship/Boat Captains, Truck Drivers, Logistics Managers, Facility Managers, Aircraft Mechanics, Automotive Body Repairers, Automotive Service Technicians, Urban Planners, Compliance Inspectors, Environmental Scientists, Travel Agents, and Cargo and Freight Agents.