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Career Clusters® At-a-Glance

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The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study (POS). In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters® Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters® provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters® and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.

And because the knowledge and skills encompass both secondary and postsecondary education, the Framework informs efforts to strengthen and improve student transition from secondary to postsecondary education. Learn more about the 16 Career Clusters® .

Depending on the business and industry environment, states may adapt a Career Clustes® to reflect their state’s educational objectives, standards, and economic development priorities. Take a closer look at the different Career Clusters® and Pathways and access to related resources for each.