Career Clusters and Pathways

To answer the call from the federal government to further improve Career and Technical Education, Illinois is following suit in creating a system of aligned, non-duplicative programs that support student transitions from one level to the next. To help facilitate this effort, Illinois has adopted the national Career Cluster framework to assist in our efforts.

The framework of Career Clusters, Career Pathways, and Programs of Study organizes educational preparation and occupational choices into a unified concept. By combining rigorous academics with career and technical education, students have a clear path to their future.

Click on one of the 16 Career Clusters below represented in the graphical menu to learn more about each cluster and pathways associated within each cluster and access national and statewide cluster/pathway materials that have been developed.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications
Business Management & Administration
Education & Training
Finance
Government & Public Administration
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Manufacturing
Marketing
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Career Clusters

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Architecture & Construction

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Business Management & Administration

Education & Training

Finance

Government & Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Manufacturing

Marketing

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics