# CTE Resource Center - Administrative Planning Guide - Career Clusters

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Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Career Clusters Information for Creating Career Pathways Plans of Study

School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study, based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the area, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. The links below provide information and tips for instructional leaders, counselors, and teachers/faculty creating Career Pathway Plans of Study for pathways in the respective clusters. For more information, sample plans of study, and templates see the Virginia Department of Education's Web site.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Information

Architecture and Construction

Designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment

Architecture and Construction Information

Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications

Designing, producing, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services

Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications Information

Business Management and Administration

Careers that encompass planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations—in every sector of the economy

Business Management and Administration Information

Education and Training

Planning, managing, and providing education and training services, and related learning support services

Education and Training Information


Planning, services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management

Finance Information

Government and Public Administration

Executing governmental functions to include governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation, regulation, and management and administration at the local, state, and federal levels

Government and Public Administration Information

Health Science

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development

Health Science Information

Hospitality and Tourism

Encompassing the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services

Hospitality and Tourism Information

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs

Human Services Information

Information Technology

Entry-level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services

Information Technology Information

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support services

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Information


Planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities

Manufacturing Information


Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives

Marketing Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Information

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water and related support services dealing with infrastructure, logistics, equipment, and facilities

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Information