Financial Aid Planning
US Department of
Career Cluster is a broad group of related career majors within an
occupational interest area. They represent groupings of
occupations and industries based on shared traits. The U.S.
Department of Education has created
16 career clusters that cover ALL
occupations. Click HERE to
these career clusters.
Career clusters show us how skills, interests, and learning apply to
different occupations. They are a tool that help us look at
different occupations, see career paths to enter a given trade or
profession, identify options to prepare for different careers, and
provide a transition from school-to-career.
We can use career clusters to identify personal strengths, research a
variety of careers, analyze our choices in terms of interest and
abilities, and develop a plan to make our career choice happen.
There are many different kinds of "assessments" or short quizzes that we
can use to help identify our interests and skills and match them with
is an excellent, downloadable,
interest survey that can be completed in 15 minutes with a
pencil. It can provide a good way to start thinking about careers.
The U.S. Department of Education has created 16 career groupings or
"clusters." They cover all occupations. They provide an organized way to look
at occupations and create a plan to move from school into a good-paying
job. Click on each link to see a fuller list of the different
types of jobs and careers in each cluster and the types of knowledge and
skills that people in these careers use.
Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources.
The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and
development of agricultural commodities and resources including food,
fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant
and animal products/resources.
Architecture & Construction. Careers in designing,
planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications. Designing,
producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia
content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and
Business, Management & Administration.
Business Management and Administration
careers 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.
Education & Training.
Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and
related learning support services.
services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and
business financial management.
Government & Public Administration.
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
Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic
services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology
research and development.
Hospitality & Tourism. Encompassing
the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other
foodservices, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related
Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to
families and human needs.
Information & Technology. Building
Linkages in IT Occupations Framework: For Entry Level, Technical, and
Professional Careers Related to the Design, Development, Support and
Management of Hardware, Software, Multimedia, and Systems Integration
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security.
Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective
services and homeland security, including professional and technical
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
Marketing, Sales & Service. Planning,
managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.
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.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.
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.