• Career Clusters

    16 Career Clusters and Their Career Pathways

    Agriculture, Foods & Natural Resources

    Do you enjoy working with plants and animals?  Interested in working to conserve natural resources or protect the environment?  This cluster includes careers in the planning, production, processing, management, distribution, and marketing of agricultural products, including food, plants, animals, fabrics, wood, and crops.

    • Agribusiness Systems
    • Animal Systems
    • Environmental Service Systems
    • Food Products & Processing Systems
    • Natural Resources Systems
    • Plant Systems
    • Power, Structural & Technical Systems

    Architecture & Construction

    Do you want to desgin, build, and maintain structures where people live, work, and play?  This cluster includes careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment.

    • Construction
    • Design/Pre-Construction
    • Maintenance/Operations

    Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

    Do you like to perform?  Do you love to use your artistic creativity on the job?  This cluster includes careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content, including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

    • Audio & Video Technology & Film
    • Journalism & Broadcasting
    • Performing Arts
    • Printing Technology
    • Telecommunications
    • Visual Arts

    Business, Management & Administration

    Are you entrepreneurial?  Do you like to plan and organize activities?  This cluster includes careers in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to effective business operations.

    • Administrative & Information Support
    • Business Analysis
    • Business Financial Management & Accounting
    • Human Resources
    • Management
    • Marketing

    Education & Training

    Do you enjoy teaching others?  Are you comfortable with public speaking?  This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing education and training services and related learning support services, including administration and library services.

    • Administration & Administrative Support
    • Professional Support Services
    • Teaching/Training


    Do you like to work with numbers?  Do you want to help people plan their financial futures?  This cluster includes careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

    • Banking & Related Services
    • Business Financial Management
    • Financial & Investment Planning
    • Insurance Services

     Government & Public Administration

    Are you interested in government and politics?  Would you like to help pass law?  This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing government services at the federal, state, and local levels; including legislative, administrative, and regulatory services.

    • Governance
    • National Security
    • Planning
    • Public Managament & Administration
    • Regulation
    • Revenue & Taxation

    Health Science

    Do you enjoy helping people feel better?  Would you like working in a hospital or other medical facility?  This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnological research and development.

    • Biotechnology Research & Development
    • Diagnostic Services
    • Health Informatics
    • Support Services
    • Therapeutic Services

    Hospitality & Tourism

    Do you want to help other people enjoy their leisure time?  Would you like to work in a hotel or restaurant?  This cluster includes careers in the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services.

    • Lodging
    • Recreation, Amusements & Attractions
    • Restaurants & Food/Beverage Services
    • Travel & Tourism

    Human Services

    Do you like to help people?  Would you enjoy teaching people how to improve their lives?  This cluster includes careers that involve tending to families and to human needs.

    • Consumer Services
    • Counseling & Mental Health Services
    • Early Childhood Development & Services
    • Family & Community Services
    • Personal Care Services

    Information Technology

    Do you like technology?  Do you enjoy working with computer hardware, software, mulimedia, or network systems?  This cluster includes careers related to the design, development, support, and managment of hardware, software, Internet, multimedia, and systems integration services.

    • Information Support & Services
    • Interactive Media
    • Network Systems
    • Programming & Software Development

    Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

    Do you like to heolp protect other people's safety?  Do you want to help enforce the law?  This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, corrections, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support.

    • Correction Services
    • Emergency & Fire Managment Services
    • Law Enforcement Services
    • Legal Services
    • Security & Protective Services


    Do you like to design and make things?  Are you comfortable working with machines?  This cluster includes careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering.

    • Maintenance, Installation & Repair
    • Manufacturing Production Process Development
    • Production
    • Quality Assurance

    Marketing, Sales & Service

    Do you like to sell products or services?  Are you friendly and outgoing?  This cluster includes careers in planning, managaing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.

    • Buying & Merchandising
    • E-Marketing
    • Management & Entrepreneurship
    • Marketing Comminuications & Promotion
    • Marketing Information Management & Research
    • Professional Sales & Marketing

    Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

    Do you like science or math?  Do you enjoy solving problems?  This cluster includes occupations and careers in planning, managing, and proving scientific reserach and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering), including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

    • Engineering & Technology
    • Science & Math

    Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

    Would you like to fly planes, drive trucks, or pilot ships?  Would you enjoy planning roads or power systems?  This cluster includes careers in planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water as well as related professional and technical-support services, such as transportation-infrastructure planning and managemtn, logistics services, mobile equipment, and facility maintenance.

    • Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance
    • Health, Safety & Environmental Management
    • Logistics Planning & Management Services
    • Sales & Service
    • Transportation Operations
    • Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management & Regulation
    • Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations

    For more detailed information regarding the 16 Career Clusters, please see the link to the North Carolina Career Clusters Guide.