Career Clusters

Career Clusters are groups of occupations and career tracks organized around the similar skill sets required for career success in these fields. These 16 clusters provide a starting point for understanding what skills and knowledge you will need in order to be prepared for specific industries and broader career paths. Working your way through career choices with Career Clusters has the advantage of not pigeonholing you into one specific job; instead, the tool offers you clusters of jobs with related requirements.

In three short steps you can begin to identify career paths and even specific jobs that interest you.

First, take the Career Clusters Interest Survey. This survey, which will only take you about 10 or 15 minutes to complete, identifies your top three Career Clusters.

Second, find your top three Career Cluster handouts below:

·         Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
·         Architecture & Construction
·         Arts, Audio-Visual Technology & Communications
·         Business, Management & Administration
·         Education & Training
·         Finance
·         Government & Public Administration
·         Health Science
·         Hospitality & Tourism
·         Human Services
·         Information Technology
·         Law, Public Safety, Correction & Security
·         Manufacturing
·         Marketing, Sales & Service
·         Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematic
·         Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Third, explore the specific jobs and career paths listed in each of your top three Career Clusters. Keep track of your progress so you know which jobs you liked and which ones you did not.

Importantly, combining Career Clusters with O*NET and the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook gives you a powerful set of tools to help identify career interests, discern what is required for those careers, and then actually find job postings for those jobs.

Once you have identified a few jobs that you like from your desired Career Cluster, take these jobs to O*NET. Under the “Career Cluster” heading, select the career cluster you are interested in. Once you search for that specific Career Cluster, you will get a list of all the jobs within that cluster. Find the one you want and click on the link. This will provide you a plethora of information regarding the job: salary ranges, day-to-day work experiences, degree requirements, and much more.

Once you have narrowed your search down to a few jobs, you can actually search to see if there are any specific jobs postings within each state. At the bottom of each O*NET job page there is a little button labeled “Find Jobs.” Click on that, and then search for that specific job by state.

Finally, you can also take a specific job and search the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook in order to identify if the job prospects for that specific position are projected to grow, stay the same, or shrink.

As always, if you want assistance in navigating these tools, please come by the Learning Center and see Brenden Kennedy or call him at 683-7143.