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Career Clusters

Career Clusters - Welcome!

Missouri Career Education prepares Missourians for the 21st century to better serve the needs of students, parents, educators, and employers through challenging, relevant, and accountable programs.

Career Clusters provide a way for schools to organize instruction and student experiences around 16 broad categories that encompass virtually all occupations from entry through professional levels.  These groupings of occupations are used as an organizing tool for curriculum design, a model for guidance and instruction, and a mechanism for seamless transition from secondary education to postsecondary and/or career.

Career Cluster booklet
"What's The Plan?  Helping Students Explore Their Futures," an introduction to Career Clusters in Missouri


Student Video Introduces 16 Career Clusters

Upbeat music, bold colors and amusing teenage hosts invite Missouri students to explore the world of careers in a video produced in 2009 and distributed to schools and libraries statewide.

Career Clusters Poster (view)
Career Clusters Poster (print quality, 17"x22")


Information Resources:

States' Career Clusters Initiative

"What's A Career Path?" Video
An 18-minute video introducing Career Paths to young students is now available in streaming video.  Development of this timeless piece was sponsored by DESE in 1999 and originally distributed in VHS tape format. Similar to a Saturday morning fun show, this video is targeted to students in the 4-8 grade levels, yet is enjoyable for all ages.
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