Virginia Career Clusters

Career Clusters help students investigate careers and design their course of study to advance their career goals. For this reason, Virginia has adopted the nationally accepted structure of career clusters, career pathways and sample career specialties or occupations.

A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and broad industries based on commonalities. Within each Career Cluster, there are multiple career pathways that represent the common set of skills and knowledge, both academic and technical, necessary to pursue a full range of career opportunities within that pathway – ranging from entry level to management- and including technical and professional career specialties.

To view individual Virginia Department of Education web pages containing pathways occupational descriptions, data snapshots, employment projections, salary scales and plans of studies for each of the Career Clusters, click on the Career Cluster below and feel free to download the optional planning form to assist you on your journey.

Links to VDOE Career Clusters

HCPS CTE Courses by Career Cluster

Explore A path

Explore occupations that relate to your chosen career cluster/path, take self-assessments, & learn what additional education, skills and abilities are required.

VA Education Wizard

Course Planning

Education Wizard

A career and college planning website that provides students with the ability to assess their skills and explore associated career clusters.
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Career One Stop

Course Planning

Career One Stop

Your source for national career exploration, self-assessment, occupational profiles, and more sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. ​
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Virginia Career View

Course Planning

Virginia Career View

A comprehensive Virginia focused career and educational planning website for grades 9-12 and beyond.
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My Next Move

Course Planning

My Next Move

Search careers by keywords, browse careers by industry, or answer questions about the type of work you might enjoy.
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