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Published by: Joice A. Jeffries, Ph.D. 4-H Program Specialist 936-261-5148 jojeffries@pvamu.edu Reviewed by: Mr. Herbert Thomas Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX

Various careers drive the economic stability of localities, counties, states, regions, nation, as well as the global economy. Workforce preparation and exploring career pathways can begin in elementary school. The Career Clusters provide essential knowledge and skills needed in sixteen broad areas. They are grouped by technical skills, interests, common traits, occupations, and industries based on the National Career Cluster Framework and the United States Department of Labor. Youth and individuals pursuing careers may use this as a guide in exploring job categories, interests, skill set and their passion for obtaining rewarding occupations. By researching these clusters, youth, adults and families are empowering themselves for improved success in school, college, current and future careers. Decide which cluster is best suited for your abilities and interest.

Some may find career interests in several clusters: 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.

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Creating, designing, sketching, planning, building, maintaining, and managing built environments.

Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services. Planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management. The Cooperative Extension Program does not discriminate against anyone regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity. Persons with a disability who require alternative means of communication of program information (braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact Joice A. Jeffries, Ph.D. (936.261.5148) in advance.


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Planning and performing government functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue taxation, and regulations. Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

related services.

The management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services. Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

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. Planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. Planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services. Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

For further information:

Advance CTE - Career Clusters Retrieved from: www.careertech.org/career-clusters

The Cooperative Extension Program does not discriminate against anyone regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity. Persons with a disability who require alternative means of communication of program information (braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact Joice A. Jeffries, Ph.D. (936.261.5148) in advance.

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