AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES
This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in the planning, implementation, production, management, processing, and/or marketing of agricultural commodities and services, including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical and educational services.
ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION
The Architecture and Construction Career Cluster is divided into three pathways. Pathways are grouped by the knowledge and skills required for occupations in these fields. Each pathway provides instruction as a basis for success in an array of careers and educational pursuits. This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. People employed in this cluster work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs.
ARTS, AUDIO/VIDEO TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS
This cluster offers two different avenues of concentration. Careers in the Performing Arts, Visual Arts or certain aspects of Journalism, Broadcasting and Film require courses and activities that challenge students' creative talents. Careers in Audio-Video Communications Technology, Telecommunications or Printing Technology require strong backgrounds in computer and electronic-based technology and a solid foundation in math and science. All require an ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form. In addition, the creative aspects of this cluster are rapidly merging with the technological, making it even more challenging. Preparation for careers in this cluster must begin in the early years and continue through high school, allowing students to gain experience in the performing and visual arts as well as in the academic foundations.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & ADMINISTRATION
The Business Management and Administration Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Each year many learners train for careers in education and training in a variety of settings that offer academic instruction, career technical instruction, and other education and training services.
The Finance Cluster prepares learners for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management. Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication.
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Government affects everyone in countless ways. In a democratic society, government is the means of expressing the public will. In fact, virtually every occupation can be found within government. There are some activities unique to government. The federal government defends the public from foreign aggression; represents the nation's interests abroad; deliberates, passes and enforces laws; and administers many different programs. State and local governments pass laws or ordinances and provide vital services to constituents. There are many opportunities in government in every career area. The Government and Public Administration Career Cluster focuses on unique careers only available within government.
The Health Science Career Cluster orients students to careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. Some of the careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. Work locations are varied and may be in hospitals, medical or dental offices or laboratories, cruise ships, medi-vac units, sports arenas, space centers, or within the community.
HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
The Hospitality and Tourism Cluster prepares learners for careers in the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreational events and travel-related services. Hospitality operations are located in communities throughout the world.
This diverse Career Cluster prepares individuals for employment in career pathways related to families and human needs. Learners need a solid background in communication, science and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges/institutes and universities.
IT careers involve the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial working environment that has a revolutionary impact on the economy and society. In addition to careers in the IT industry, IT careers are available in every sector of the economy.
LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS & SECURITY
The Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Cluster helps prepare students for careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. There are many challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security. Learners need a solid background in math, science and technical skills.
This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products. Careers also include related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.
There are many challenging educational and training opportunities within the high-skilled world of Marketing. Learners need a solid background in communication, math and technical skills. Education and training can be obtained in high schools, technical colleges/institutes and universities. This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS
A career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics is exciting, challenging, and ever-changing. Learners who pursue one of these fields will be involved in planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.
TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS
This diverse Career Cluster exposes students to careers and businesses involved in the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and products by road, air, rail and water. It also includes related professional and technical support services such as infrastructure planning and management, logistic services, and the maintenance of mobile equipment and facilities.(