Career Clusters & Pathways

A career cluster is a group of similar occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Career Clusters may be divided into several pathways and can be used to help students focus educational plans to obtain the necessary knowledge, competencies, and skills for success in a particular career pathway.

16 Career Clusters

There are 16 career clusters with two to seven pathways in each, for a total of 79 pathways.

Click on each icon to explore pathways in each career cluster:

Agriculture & Natural Resources Architecture & Construction Arts & Communication Business & Administration
Education and Training Finance Government and Administration Health Science
Hospitality and Tourism Human Services Information Technology Law and Public Safety
Manufacturing marketing Science and Mathematics transportation and Logistics

This model is based on The National Career Clusters® Framework which serves as an organizing tool for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design, and instruction.


Career Cluster Worksheet

Print out this PDF of the Career Cluster Worksheet and answer the questions to help determine clusters of interest. 

Additional Resources

O*NET Online - Find occupations by career cluster. 

CAREERwise by Minnesota State - Information on career clusters and pathways.

What Can I Do with this Major? - A subscription resource provided free of charge by the UCC.



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