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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®

Career Clusters®

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 The 16 Career Clusters were validated through a national effort managed by Advanced CTE.

Defining the Career Clusters:

  • A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities.
  • Expectations at the Career Cluster level represent the skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, that all students within the Career Cluster should achieve regardless of their pathway.
  • Expectations at the pathway level represent the skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities within a pathway— ranging from entry level to management, including technical and professional career specialties. 

Beginning in 2015, Advance CTE’s annual Career Cluster Institute was joined with ACTE’s CareerTech VISION following a 12-year run as an independent event.

 

The 16 Career Clusters®  & 79 Career Pathways

 

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Agribusiness Systems
  • Animal Systems
  • Environmental Service Systems
  • Food Products & Processing Systems
  • Natural Resources Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Power, Structural & Technical Systems
 
Hospitality & Tourism 
  • Lodging
  • Recreation, Amusements & Attractions
  • Restaurants & Food/ Beverage Services
  • Travel & Tourism
 
Architecture & Construction 
  • Construction
  • Design/ Pre-Construction
  • Maintenance/ Operations
 
Human Services 
  • Consumer Services
  • Counseling & Mental Health Services
  • Early Childhood Development & Services
  • Family & Community Services
  • Personal Care Services
 
Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications 
  • A/V Technology & Film
  • Journalism & Broadcasting
  • Performing Arts
  • Printing Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Visual Arts
 
Information Technology  
  • Information Support & Services 
  • Network Systems
  • Programming & Software Development
  • Web & Digital Communications
 
Business Management & Administration 
  • Administrative Support
  • Business Information Management
  • General Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operations Management
 
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security 
  • Correction Services
  • Emergency & Fire Management Services
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Legal Services
  • Security & Protective Services
 
Education & Training 
  • Administration & Administrative Support
  • Professional Support Services
  • Teaching/ Training
 
Manufacturing 
  • Healthy, Safety & Environmental Assurance
  • Logistics & Inventory Control
  • Maintenance, Installation & Repair
  • Manufacturing Production Process Development
  • Production
  • Quality Assurance
 
Finance 
  • Accounting
  • Banking Services
  • Business Finance
  • Insurance
  • Securities & Investments
 
Marketing  
  • Marketing Communications
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Merchandising
  • Professional Sales
 
Government & Public Administration 
  • Foreign Service
  • Governance
  • National Security
  • Planning
  • Public Management & Administration
  • Regulation 
  • Revenue & Taxation
 
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics 
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Science & Mathematics
 
Health Science 
  • Biotechnology Research & Development
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Healthy Information
  • Support Services
  • Therapeutic Services
 
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics ​
  • Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance
  • Health, Safety & Environmental Management
  • Logistics Planning & Management Services
  • Sales & Service
  • Transportation Operations 
  • Transportation Systems/ Infrastructure Planning, Management & Regulation
  • Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations 
 

 

 

 

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