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The 16 Career Clusters

Types of Jobs and Careers

 

Skilled and technical trades are incredibly diverse and open to men and women alike.  The Department of Labor in conjunction with educators and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) have organized around 16 career clusters.

The 16 Career Clusters

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.

Food Products and Processing Systems
Plant Systems
Animal Systems
Power, Structural & Technical Systems
Natural Resources Systems
Environmental Service Systems
Agribusiness Systems

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Architecture & Construction
Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Design/Pre-Construction
Construction
Maintenance/Operations

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Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications
Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Audio and Video Technology and Film
Printing Technology
Visual Arts
Performing Arts
Journalism and Broadcasting
Telecommunications

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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.

Management
Business Financial Management & Accounting
Human Resources
Business Analysis
Marketing
Administrative & Information Support

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Education & Training
Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.

Administration and Administrative Support
Professional Support Services
Teaching/Training

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Finance
Planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

Financial & Investment Planning
Business Financial Management
Banking & Related Services
Insurance Services

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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 levels.

Governance
National Security
Foreign Service
Planning
Revenue and Taxation
Regulation
Public Management and Administration

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Health Science
Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Therapeutic Services
Diagnostic Services
Health Informatics
Support Services
Biotechnology Research and Development

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Hospitality & Tourism
Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other foodservices, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services. 

Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services
Lodging
Travel & Tourism
Recreation, Amusements & Attractions

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Human Services
Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs. 

Early Childhood Development & Services
Counseling & Mental Health Services
Family & Community Services
Personal Care Services
Consumer Services

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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 Services.

Network Systems
Information Support and Services
Interactive Media
Programming and Software Development

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Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

Correction Services
Emergency and Fire Management Services
Security & Protective Services
Law Enforcement Services
Legal Services

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Manufacturing
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. 

Production
Manufacturing Production Process Development
Maintenance, Installation & Repair
Quality Assurance
Logistics & Inventory Control
Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance

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Marketing, Sales & Service
Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.

Management and Entrepreneurship
Professional Sales and Marketing
Buying and Merchandising
Marketing Communications and Promotion
Marketing Information Management and Research
Distribution and Logistics
E-Marketing

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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.

Engineering and Technology
Science and Math

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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.

Transportation Operations
Logistics Planning and Management Services
Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations
Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance
Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation
Health, Safety and Environmental Management
Sales and Service

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