What are Career Clusters?
Most experts agree that there are more than 20,000 different jobs from which you can choose. Obviously, no one could possibly research every one of those jobs, much less train to do them. Therefore, you need to narrow down your area of exploration to included just those jobs which interest you the most and those which you are capable of learning and doing. Luckily, these 20,000 jobs can be divided into four groups. These four groups are called Career Clusters. Each Career Cluster is made up of jobs that have a few things in common. For example, since the skills and training needed to be an artist and a sign painter are similar, both of these jobs are found in the Arts & Humanities Career Cluster. The names of the other three Career Clusters are Business & Communication Technology, Engineering & Industrial Technology and Health & Human Services.
- Arts & Humanities
If you want to teach, help or entertain people, the Arts & Humanities Career Cluster could be right for you. This Career Cluster contains jobs like teacher, library assistant, lawyer, detective, composer and advertising artist.
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- Business & Communication Technology
If you like to work with numbers or distribute messages, the Business and Communications Technology Career Cluster could be your best choice. This Career Cluster contains jobs like accountant, bank teller, public relations specialist, receptionist, insurance adjuster and printer.
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- Engineering & Industrial Technoloy
If how things work and how they are made interest you, the Engineering and Industrial Technology Career Cluster could be right for you. This career Cluster contains jobs like mechanical engineer, carpenter, geologist, automotive technician, construction superintendent and plumber.
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- Health & Human Services
If serving people or keeping people and animals healthy interest you, the Health & Human Services Career Cluster could be your best choice. This Career Cluster contains jobs like guidance counselor, executive chef, occupational therapist, flight attendant, veterinarian and nursing aide.
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