The Career Development Center advises students based on a 16 career cluster model. Professional staff members are assigned to clusters and specialize in advising students on those careers. ( Who is your cluster advisor?) For students who have chosen a major, the focus shifts to what to do with that major.

What is a Career Cluster? It is a group of similar occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Career clusters may be divided into several pathways and can be used to help students focus educational plans to obtain the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway. Click a cluster below to see pathways, sample careers, and knowledge and skills necessary for each.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Architecture and Construction

Arts and Communication

Business and Administration

Education and Training


Government and Public Administration

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security



Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Transportation and Logistics

Career Development Center Resources

  • Career Cluster Interest Survey - a worksheet to print out and complete.
  • Focus - a web based career assessment.
  • Career Explorations Inventory (CEI)- Available from your Career Cluster Advisor, the CEI helps you identify your interests in work, leisure activities, and learning, and then helps you develop a plan that will lead to career success and satisfaction.
  • Transition-to-Work Inventory (TWI)- Available from your Career Cluster Advisor, the TWI can help you make more informed decision by identifying careers that are related to your interests.
  • What Can I Do With This Major? - a resource for exploring career fields typically related to prevalent majors.
  • Career Exploration Workshops - Schedule of programs for each fall and spring term and may be found on the events calendar in Lightning JobSource.

Additional Information on Career Clusters

Questions? Contact us.