2 Purpose of Middle School Career Exploration is to: Match career opportunities to your:skills, abilities, and interests.Connect education to "world of work".Develop skills for getting a job.Learn how to make contacts for future job possibilities.It’s all aboutyour future!
3 Careers Today Today's workplace is changing rapidly. Career opportunities are constantly changing.Most adults change careers several times.Many jobs require specialized education or training.
4 How is education related to a career? Classroom performance is directly related to your opportunities.Expect to be a lifelong learner.Not all skills will be taught.But at least some on the job training is normal.
5 Target Careers based on your interests: Do you enjoy working with people?Do you enjoy working with computers?Inside or outside work?Are you mechanically inclined?
6 Research your area of interest: Futures4KidsCareer Guide to IndustriesMilitary Career GuidecareersCollege InformationCollege Foundation of North CarolinaCareer One StopOccupational Outlook Handbook
8 Cluster 1The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources.Jobs: wildlife manager, gardener, food scientist, animal care technician, farm manager, drug inspector, biochemist
9 Cluster 2Careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment.Jobs: electrician, code inspector, preservationist, drafter, interior designer, contractor, safety director
10 Cluster 3 Jobs: photojournalist, researcher, copywriter, web designer Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multi- media content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.Jobs: photojournalist, researcher, copywriter, web designer
11 Cluster 4Careers encompass planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy.Jobs: accountant, collections clerk, advertizing manager, administrative assistant, real estate associate, data processor
12 Cluster 5Planning, managing, and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.Jobs: school psychologist, curriculum developer, teacher, testing coordinator, speech pathologist
13 Cluster 6Planning services for financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management.Jobs: claims investigator, auditor, fundraiser, debt counselor, investment planner, insurance appraiser
14 Cluster 7Executing governmental functions to include governance; national security; foreign service; planning; revenue and taxation; regulation; and management and administration of the local, state, and federal levels.Jobs: elected official, policy advisor, public relations specialist, military officer, ambassador, vital statistics clerk
15 Cluster 8Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.Jobs: surgeon, pharmacist, art therapist, prosthetist, pathologist, laboratory technician
16 Cluster 9Encompasses the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, and recreation events, and travel-related services.Jobs: tour guide, forest ranger, chef, amusement park developer, restaurateur, hotel executive
17 Cluster 10Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs.Jobs: social services worker, hair stylist, consumer advocate, child care director, funeral home director
18 Cluster 11Building linkages in IT occupations framework: for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multi-media, and systems integration services.Jobs: technician, animator, programmer, data processing, information support
19 Cluster 12Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services, and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.Jobs: firefighter, forensics examiner, grant writer, police patrol officer, detective, immigration inspector
20 Cluster 13Planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering.Jobs: welder, drafter, failure analyst, labor relations manager, quality engineer
21 Cluster 14Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.Jobs: buyer, market researcher, catalog developer, statistician, product developer
22 Cluster 15Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.Jobs: engineer, technical writer, oceanographer, engineer, environmental scientist
23 Cluster 16Planning, managing, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.Jobs: automotive technician, regional planner, cashier, flight attendant, consultant, air traffic controller
24 It is all about balance What job will you enjoy? Your cognitive ability and social skillsYour personality and career goalsCollege/Training requirements and affordabilityFinancial gain and personal fulfillmentWhat job willyou enjoy?