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Research Careers

make a plan The Minnesota Career Pathways chart graphically depicts the organizing framework of the foundation knowledge and skills for various career fields. After various surveys and tests, students can identify which career cluster area best matches their knowledge, skills and abilities.

Career clusters represent a grouping of occupations and broad industries into a national classification of 16 clusters (listed in the right column of this page) that are based upon common knowledge and skills. Career clusters include hundreds of occupations that may be grouped into pathways around which educational programs of study can be built.

Six career fields are the broadest level of career options. They are shown at the center of the diagram below around the circle. They're a good place to start exploring careers. Careers with the same knowledge and skills are grouped in the same cluster/color. Each cluster may include hundreds of different careers.

A pathway has its own knowledge and skill requirements. Educational programs can be developed around each pathway. They include curriculum that helps learners prepare for a career. Programs of study are sequential and based on industry expectations and skill standards. Career pathways show learners of all ages which courses will give them the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pursue their career choice.


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