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Looking to the Future: Career Pathways

Career Pathways are broad groupings of careers that share similar characteristics and whose employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths, and competencies. There are three educational options in each pathway after high school: specialized training, technical/community college, and four or more years of university training. The six pathways are:


Arts and Communication

Careers related to humanities and the performing, visual, literary, and media arts. Sample career titles include artist, journalist, and graphic designer. These careers are interesting to people who value creativity.


Human Services

Careers in childcare, civil service, education, hospitality, and the social services. Career titles in this pathway include teachers, postal workers, police officers, lawyers, counselors, school administrators, fire fighters, clergy, and social workers.


Business Management

Careers related to all aspects of business, including accounting, business administration, finance, information processing, and marketing. Examples of career titles in this pathway include accountant, business manager, and auto salesperson.


Engineering and Manufacturing

Careers related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, or maintain physical systems. Working with tools, equipment, and other kinds of machinery are important to people who have careers in this pathway. Sample career titles include mechanic, airline pilot, and engineer.


Natural Resources

Careers related to natural resources, agriculture, and the environment. Fish and game warden, marine biologist and farmer are career titles in this pathway.


Health Sciences

Careers related to the promotion of health as well as the treatment of injuries and disease. Examples of career titles in this pathway are physician, nurse, and veterinarian. Personal aptitudes and interests are important factors as students begin to identify career opportunities.


Career Pathways give flexible identity and structure to the student’s career choice process as well as to educational programs and services that contribute to the career preparation of students. Though described as part of Career Development, the alignment provided through Career Pathways influences all Career Preparation components including those at the post high school level.