HS: Career and Post-Secondary Planning Information

Career Clusters designated by the U. S. Department of Education

See the list below of 16 national clusters with descriptions and sample occupations in each cluster. Each cluster is a representative grouping of related industries and occupations in the U.S. economy.

16 Clusters PDF


A site provided by the U.S. Dept. of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics -provides extensive information about the U.S. job market and particular career areas


A site providing an occupational information network database with summary details on specific careers and career clusters


A site providing information and searches for college majors and colleges -Researching college majors is also very helpful for career exploration – Go to the link for major information pages to search details on college majors including types of courses required, specializations, and related careers


PA keyword: Career Guide

The Pennsylvania Career Guide is available from this website. Produced by the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry and the PA Dept. of Education, this publication provides information to help individuals with career choices and career planning. The publication focuses on Pennsylvania’s Targeted Industry Clusters. The PA Dept. of Labor and Industry website at www.dli.state.pa.us also provides further resources to explore PA occupational data such as high priority occupations and careers in demand (click on Pennsylvania Workforce).


The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has announced the release of the 2011-12 Pennsylvania Career Guide.  The Pennsylvania Career Guide contains information about growing occupations, educational requirements, training opportunities and salary information to assist you  in the career decision-making process.

The newest version of the Pennsylvania Career Guide has been posted online and is available on the publications page of Pennsylvania’s Work Statistics website:



This website has been developed in cooperation with the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry and the PA Dept. of Education to provide resources for career exploration including assessment tools (i.e., interest profiler, work values) and occupational profiles with career videos.


This website developed by the U.S. Dept. of Education provides information about the 16 career clusters specified by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and related occupations and training options. For example, the “Find Your Passion-Endless Possibilities” link provides knowledge and skills charts for career pathways along with recommended plans of study.


This website is sponsored by The U.S. Dept. of Labor and includes career exploration information and job seeker tools.


This College Board website includes educational choices and career track information to learn about career options with action plans to achieve career goals. The “Plan for College” and “Finding a College’ links provide resources that describe educational majors and career profiles that match careers to degrees. Information on applying to colleges, paying for college, and College Board tests is also available on this site.


The AES Education Planner website not only provides a search engine for post-secondary options and financial aid resources, but also provides other career exploration resources and assessment tools (i.e. learning styles inventory) that are helping for exploring post-secondary programs of study and corresponding career profiles.