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Career Clusters

What Are Career Clusters?
Career Clusters are different occupational categories. The 15 clusters that follow are organized by different fields and industries. Most jobs are included in one of the 15 clusters. In each career cluster area, you'll find sample jobs, necessary education and skills, work descriptions, and the job availability through 2005.

(In response to the burgeoning number of jobs available in information technology, the U.S. Department of Education recently restructured its Career Clusters to include a sixteenth occupational category for Information Technology Services.)

The 15 Career clusters are listed below. First select the "Cluster Description and Activity" for facts about the jobs, education, and outlook for the cluster. Then, for further information, click on the Web links that follow.

agribusiness

AGRIBUSINESS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Agribusiness and Natural Resource Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1001.htm

business

BUSINESS AND OFFICE
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Business and Office Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1005.htm

communications

COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Communications and Media Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm

Construction

CONSTRUCTION
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Construction Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1009.htm

Executive, Administrative, and Managerial Occupations
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1001.htm

Environment

ENVIRONMENT
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Environmental Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm

family and consumer

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SERVICES
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Family and Consumer Services Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm

Fine Arts

FINE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Fine Arts and Humanities Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm

Health

HEALTH
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Health Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm

Executive, Administrative, and Managerial Occupations
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1001.htm

Hospitality

HOSPITALITY AND RECREATION
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Hospitality and Recreation Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1001.htm

Manufacturing

MANUFACTURING
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Manufacturing Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1010.htm

Marine

MARINE SCIENCE
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Marine Science Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1002.htm

Marketing

MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Marketing and Distribution Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1004.htm

Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Managers
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos020.htm

Personal

PERSONAL SERVICE
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Personal Service Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1006.htm

Public

PUBLIC SERVICE
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Public Service Careers
Job Opportunities in the Armed Forces
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos249.htm

Transportation

TRANSPORTATION
Cluster Description and Activity

Web Links:
Transportation Careers
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://stats.bls.gov/oco/oco1011.htm