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Career Clusters® Career Frames

Understanding the connections of career exploration and preparation is an important component of CTE and its delivery through the Career Clusters™. The Career Clusters™ Frames are designed to help illustrate the progression of learning expectations, sample program pathway options, and sample career specialties associated with each Career Cluster™. The Career Clusters™ Frames provide a broad overview for each Career Cluster™, including the 2008 Essential Knowledge and Skills, the types of educational topics studied within a particular Career Pathway, and a listing of sample Career Specialties or occupations.

Click on any of the Career Clusters™ below for access to the Frames for that Career Cluster™.

NOTE: NASDCTEc has recently supported the creation of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a set of common, program-level standards for CTE that are fewer, higher and clearer. The CCTC is built from the foundational components of the Knowledge and Skills Statements along with recent research and input from education and industry experts. States are expected to voluntarily work to adopt the CCTC over the course of the next few years. NASDCTEc is working with states during the transition to the CCTC along with providing updates to educators and the general public.

If you are an educator, the 2008 version of the K&S remain a viable resource, but we encourage a review and analysis of the CCTC standards to identify alignment to the existing teaching and learning expectations.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Architecture & Construction

Arts, A/V Technology & Communication

Business Management & Administration

Education & Training


Government & Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security



Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics