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Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources The agriculture, food, and natural resources career cluster focuses on training workers and managers for jobs in food production and natural resources. The training and skills taught in CTE programs for this career cluster produce workers that are knowledgeable and prepared for occupations in fields such as animal, farm, and environmental-resource management. In Mississippi, this career cluster is expected to grow in the areas of environmental conservation and technical advances in agricultural technology.

GRADUATION RATES1

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Students 74.5%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

550

$46,070

Conservation Scientists

530

$54,080

Agricultural Inspectors

250

$41,530

Agricultural and Food Science Technicians

240

$33,170

Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

100

$55,730

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

23.2%

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

21.7%

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

14.2%

Soil and Plant Scientists

8.8%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 Sanderson Farms Inc Tronox, Inc. Tyson Foods Inc

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Architecture & Construction The architecture and construction career cluster focuses on training workers in the planning, production, and maintenance of infrastructure. Students in Mississippi that complete CTE programs in this cluster learn skills that can be used in trades like carpentry, painting, plumbing, and electrical work. In Mississippi, this career cluster shows a pattern of growth in planning and development with a focus on sustainable construction practices.

GRADUATION RATES1

Architecture & Construction Students 80.0%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Electricians

6,310

155

$45,710

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

4,480

165

$54,690

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

2,550

100

$37,550

Construction and Building Inspectors

430

10

$45,220

Architectural and Civil Drafters

540

15

$47,570

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Construction and Building Inspectors

14.0%

Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

12.7%

Urban and Regional Planners

10.5%

NATIONAL TESTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6

National Center for Construction Education and Research

Yates Construction Inc.

White Construction Company

http://www.nccer.org/training-and-certifications

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Arts, Audio Video, & Communications The arts, audio video, & communications career cluster combines artistic expression with an in-depth understanding of today’s state-of-the art technologies. CTE students in this career cluster focus on courses that develop skills in interpersonal communication, art, technology, and information broadcasting. In Mississippi, this career cluster is growing with the increasing use of communications technology.

GRADUATION RATES1

Arts, Audio Video, & Communications Students 87.6%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Public Relations Specialists

1,210

90

$40,560

Coaches and Scouts

1,160

45

$52,310

Graphic Designers

780

25

$36,660

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

630

25

$56,570

Editors

400

15

$38,890

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Coaches and Scouts

20.1%

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

19.8%

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary

16.5%

Public Relations Specialists

7.8%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 C Spire Wireless Neel-Schaffer Inc. Journal Inc.

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Business Management & Administration The business management and administration career cluster emphasizes the skills required to operate and manage a business. Students in Mississippi CTE programs focused on this career cluster must prove their understanding of basic business skills and knowledge related to economic fundamentals, management, communications, human resources, ethics, and business etiquette. The growth of this career cluster in Mississippi is projected to be substantial.

GRADUATION RATES1

Business Management & Administration Students 84.2%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

General and Operations Managers

17,600

505

$89,600

First-Line Supervisor of Retail Sales Workers

11,770

455

$37,580

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

10,580

330

$45,110

Administrative Services Managers

3,010

100

$63,120

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Medical and Health Services Managers

18.4%

Business Teachers, Postsecondary

18.2%

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

18.1%

Management Analysts

14.1%

General and Operations Managers

8.1%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 People Lease Source Clothing for Men Tempstaff 1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Education & Training The education and training career cluster focuses on producing students with skills in education, technical instruction, and training. Students in CTE programs focused on this career cluster learn the skills needed to provide a positive learning environment needed to teach classes or train workers. In Mississippi, careers in this cluster are experiencing growth on almost all levels of education. Childcare in particular has shown a trend toward large growth, reflected by high growth rates of careers in early childhood education.

GRADUATION RATES1

Education & Training Students 89.6%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

15,140

410

$41,760

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

9,430

365

$43,100

Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

5,990

315

$41,270

Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School

1,180

45

$44,570

OCCUPATION

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

16.1%

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

15.9%

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

15.4%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 Hinds Community College Mississippi State University

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Finance The finance career cluster prepares students for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management. CTE programs focused on finance produce workers that understand financial institutions and the management of organizational finances. This career cluster is somewhat new to Mississippi, and the job market for graduating students in this field is projected to grow, as many auditing and financial management firms retain workers and continue to expand.

GRADUATION RATES1*

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

*The finance cluster is too new to have a graduation rate for the 2007-2008 cohort.

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Accountants and Auditors

5,420

195

$55,610

Financial Managers

3,040

95

$89,950

Loan Officers

2,460

75

$62,540

Personal Financial Advisors

560

15

$84,930

Tax Preparers

510

20

$26,940

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Credit Counselors

21.1%

Personal Financial Advisors

20.2%

Bill and Account Collectors

11.9%

Financial Analysts

10.6%

Accountants and Auditors

9.6%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 BankPlus Liberty Tax Svc Trustmark Financial Svc 1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Health Science The health science career cluster focuses on educating students in the fields of hospital operations, diagnostics, and patient care. Students who take CTE programs in this career cluster develop the knowledge and skills needed to perform duties in health science occupations or go on to become registered nurses. Health science in Mississippi is a field with enormous growth projections. While registered nurses and LPNs make up a large part of the labor force, medical-technical fields also show large growth rates.

GRADUATION RATES1

Health Science Students 89.6%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Registered Nurses

27,810

1,120

$56,980

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

8,830

380

$36,730

Pharmacy Technicians

3,330

115

$28,520

Pharmacists

2,740

75

$120,300

Radiologic Technologists

1,930

80

$46,750

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

37.0%

Nurse Practitioners

26.7%

Dental Hygienists

25.4%

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

23.2%

Medical Assistants

21.2%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 Baptist Health Foundation

Memorial Hospital - Gulfport

Baptist Hospital

University of MS Medical Center

Jefferson County Hospital Partial 1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Hospitality & Tourism The hospitality and tourism career cluster provides students with education related to entertainment, accommodation, and food service. Students coming from CTE programs with an emphasis on this career cluster may fill occupational roles such as service workers or managers of tourist operations. As “The Hospitality State”, Mississippi has a strong job market in this career cluster. Management in the food and service industries makes up a large part of this labor force, and there is also consistent growth in Gulf Coast tourism.

GRADUATION RATES1

Hospitality & Tourism Students 84.5%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers

8,830

260

$26,780

First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers

1,450

40

$29,550

Chefs and Head Cooks

990

15

$38,660

Gaming Supervisors

990

30

$47,780

First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Grounds Keeping Workers

860

35

$37,550

OCCUPATION

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Interpreters and Translators

32.6%

Concierges

16.7%

Recreation Workers

14.7%

First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers

10.6%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Hollywood Casino Bay St Louis

Harrah’s Gulf Coast

RPM Pizza LLC

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Human Services The human services career cluster prepares students for careers in social service agencies, community and civic organizations, and childcare. CTE programs that offer this career cluster produce workers that have knowledge and skills related to personal care, occupational therapy, and other social services. As the service sector continues to grow in Mississippi, workers in this career cluster will experience a larger job market. From providing childcare to occupational therapy, this career cluster is integral to Mississippi’s social wellbeing.

GRADUATION RATES1

Human Services Students 82.3%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

2,700

180

$34,450

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

1,960

70

$48,880

Healthcare Social Workers

1,720

65

$45,810

Physical Therapist Assistants

890

20

$47,300

Occupational Therapy Assistants

380

10

$54,750

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Occupational Therapy Assistants

37.1%

Physical Therapist Assistants

33.3%

Physical Therapists

29.3%

Healthcare Social Workers

20.7%

Childcare Workers

17.2%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 Deaconess HomeCare YoungWilliams Child Support Services

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Information Technology The information technology career cluster involves the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems-integration services. CTE programs that focus on this career cluster produce workers with computer skills and a knowledge of systems, programs, and networking. In Mississippi, careers in information technology offer competitive wages at entry level. The workforce in this career cluster will experience growth as better technology is created and information security becomes more important.

GRADUATION RATES1

Information Technology Students 89.7%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Computer User Support Specialists

2,130

80

$42,810

Computer Systems Analysts

1,510

50

$68,170

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

1,190

80

$65,170

Computer and Information Systems Managers

1,010

40

$90,760

Computer Programmers

670

40

$66,210

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Information Security Analysts

32.0%

Software Developers, Systems Software

20.8%

Web Developers

20.3%

Computer Systems Analysts

19.1%

NATIONAL TESTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6

Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals

Business Communications Inc.

Bomgar Corporation Synergetics DCS Inc. Venture Technologies

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security The law, public safety, corrections, and security career cluster involves protecting people and enforcing rules. CTE programs that focus on this career cluster provide students with training in serving and protecting the public, as well as knowledge about law and safety. In Mississippi, the job market for this career cluster is growing in both public and private sectors. From police and EMTs to lawyers and legal assistants, careers in this field provide public services and due process.

GRADUATION RATES1*

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

*The law, public safety, corrections, and security cluster is too new to have a graduation rate for the 2007-2008 cohort.

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

7,320

90

$33,350

Correctional Officers and Jailers

7,090

255

$26,740

Lawyers

3,090

60

$103,180

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

1,500

65

$43,910

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

910

45

$56,570

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

21.7%

Correctional Officers and Jailers

21.4%

First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

21.3%

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

14.9%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stephens, & Cannada, PLLC

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Manufacturing The manufacturing career cluster includes careers that manufacture products, maintain production facilities, and improve the production process. CTE programs that offer this career cluster produce workers that understand mechanical equipment and the construction of manufactured products. With more complex machines providing increased productivity, the job market for this career cluster shows growth in positions for operating and maintaining these machines. In Mississippi, there is substantial growth projected in such fields as industrial-machinery mechanics and machine operators.

GRADUATION RATES1

Manufacturing Students 79.2%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Team Assemblers

17,840

455

$33,480

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

7,160

190

$53,850

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

4,200

135

$32,240

Machinists

2,090

50

$41,590

Industrial Production Managers

1,660

45

$89,300

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

20.3%

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

18.9%

Machinists

12.4%

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

12.2%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 Ashley Furniture Home Store

Nissan North America Inc

Howard Industries Inc

Toyota

Luvata Grenada LLC 1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Marketing, Sales, & Service The marketing, sales, & service career cluster emphasizes the development, promotion, and sale of products. CTE programs in this career cluster produce workers with technical skills who can conduct marketing activities and other sales and business services. In Mississippi, the skilled laborers in this career cluster fill roles as marketing managers or perform integral operating functions for businesses. Growth in this career cluster in Mississippi can be seen in fields such as sales representatives and market specialists.

GRADUATION RATES1

Marketing, Sales, & Service Students 84.8%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

6,810

300

$56,560

Insurance Sales Agents

2,720

85

$52,870

Sales Managers

1,800

50

$89,230

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

1,210

20

$55,930

Marketing Managers

500

25

$88,490

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

27.7%

Sales Representatives, Services, All Other

12.0%

Marketing Managers

10.2%

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6 GodwinGroup Southern Farm Bureau Staplcotn

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career cluster uses the application of science and mathematics to solve problems. The CTE programs that provide courses in STEM produce workers skilled in many fields. These workers may function in roles as researchers, technology specialists, or engineers. Mississippi’s STEM programs provide the technical and scientific workers needed to fuel a growing job market in engineering and technical-systems operation.

GRADUATION RATES1

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Students 85%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Civil Engineers

1,660

65

$80,380

Industrial Engineers

1,640

65

$81,230

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians

1,310

20

$54,150

Surveying and Mapping Technicians

690

15

$38,520

Surveyors

560

25

$46,710

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

31.9%

Medical Equipment Repairers

23.8%

Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators

17.9%

Civil Engineers

16.7%

NATIONAL TESTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6

The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate

IMS Engineers

http://www.cewd.org/curriculum/eif-modules.php

Howard Industries Stennis Space Center

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf


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Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics The transportation, distribution, and logistics career cluster includes the planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and products by road, air, rail, and water. CTE programs that focus on this area produce workers with skills as drivers, pilots, or mechanics with knowledge of the transportation industry. This career cluster experiences growth in parallel with other economic growth in Mississippi, because as other industries expand, workers in this cluster provide the infrastructure and logistics needed to distribute products and services.

GRADUATION RATES1

Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics Students 84.8%

All Mississippi CTE Students 81.1%

All Mississippi Students 73.7%

TOP RELATED OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

TOTAL MS EMPLOYMENT 2

PROJECTED ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS 3

MEAN ANNUAL WAGE 2

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

22,080

650

$40,400

First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

1,960

70

$50,170

First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers

1,700

50

$47,340

Hand Crane and Tower Operators

610

25

$43,160

HIGH-GROWTH OCCUPATIONS OCCUPATION

PROJECTED GROWTH BY 2022 4

Traffic Technicians

31.4%

Commercial Pilots

15.0%

Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants

14.5%

Cargo and Freight Agents

12.4%

NATIONAL TESTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

TOP EMPLOYERS IN MISSISSIPPI5,6

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Miller Intermodal Logistics Services

http://www.ase.com/Tests.aspx

Merchants Foodservice Page & Jones Tyson Foods Inc

1. Bin Lim, Y., Owen, S., Nordin, A. November 2013. Graduation Rates and Contributing Factors in CTE Students Versus Traditional Academic Students. MSU Research and Curriculum Unit. 2. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2015. State Occupational Employment Statistics. bls.gov/oes/tables.htm 3. Mississippi Department of Employment Security. 2012-2022. Mississippi Employment Projections. mdes.ms.gov/information-center/labor-market-information/ occupational-projections 4. Projections Central–State Occupational Projections. 2012-2022. projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm 5. State Profile: Largest Employers Mississippi. acinet.org/oview6.asp?soccode=&id=&nodeid=12&stfips=28&from=State 6. Mississippi Business Journal–MS Top 100 Private Companies. 2013. butlersnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MS-Biz-Journal-Book-of-Lists-Top-100.pdf

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