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Are you planning for high school, college, the workforce, or a career change? CTE uses the North Carolina Career Clusters Guide as a valuable resource to help you make these important decisions. This guide is designed to be a tool for planning and preparing for a career. It provides you a structure for selecting careers based on linking what you know about yourself with information about occupations and typical training requirements.

 

Career Clusters

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
This Career Cluster focuses on the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Architecture & Construction
This Career Cluster focuses on careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
This Career Cluster focuses on designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

Business Management & Administration
This Career Cluster focuses careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Education & Training
This Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.

Finance
This Career Cluster focuses on planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.

Government & Public Administration
This Career Cluster focuses on planning and performing government functions at the local, state and federal levels, including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation, and regulations.

Health Science
This Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

Hospitality & Tourism
This Career Cluster focuses on the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other foodservices, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.

Human Services
This Career Cluster focuses on preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Information Technology
This Career Cluster focuses on building linkages in Information Technology occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
This Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services

Manufacturing
This Career Cluster focuses on 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.

Marketing
This Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing and performing marketing activities such as advertising and sales to reach organizational objectives.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
This Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing scientific research as well as professional and technical services, including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
This Career Cluster focuses on planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

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