Each Career Cluster® represents a distinct grouping of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require. The 16 Career Clusters® and related Career Pathways provide an important organizing tool for schools to develop more effective programs of study (POS) and curriculum.
One of the keys to improving student achievement is providing students with relevant contexts for studying and learning. Career Clusters® do exactly this by linking school-based learning with the knowledge and skills required for success in the workplace. The National Career Clusters® Framework is comprised of 16 Career Clusters™ and related Career Pathways to help students of all ages explore different career options and better prepare for college and career.
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 planning, production, processing, management, distribution, and marketing of agricultural products, including food, plants, animals, fabrics, wood, and crops.
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.
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 business operations.
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.
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.
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 people? Would you enjoy teaching people how to improve their lives? This cluster includes careers that involve tending to families and to human needs.
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.
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.
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.
Would you like to fly planes, drive trucks, or pilot ships? Would you enjoy planning roads or power systems? This cluster includes careers in planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water as well as related professional and technical-support services, such as transportation-infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment, and facility maintenance.
Are you interested in government and politics? Would you like to help pass law? This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing government services at the federal, state, and local levels; including legislative, administrative, and regulatory services.