Career Clusters

Career Clusters are groupings of occupations and industries that represent a set of common interests, skills, knowledge, and academics. Career Clusters help students discover careers and design their courses of study to work towards their career goals.

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Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (STEM)

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Have you ever been interested in learning how computers work? How technology and math can be used to make websites, machines, and more? 

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster uses your abilities in problem solving and prepares for careers using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. 

Community Partnership: The STEMpreneurs

UVA Partnership: School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Data Science, and Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science

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Do you want to learn more about the world around you? Have you ever been curious about animals, plants, and nature? Environmental science is an academic field that uses physics, biology, and geography to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.

UVA Partnership: School of Nursing, Environmental Sciences, School of Engineering & Applied Science

Health and Medical Sciences

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The Health Science cluster is about using your love of science to help keep people healthy and treat those who are not. Work directly with people as a doctor or physical therapist or on your own by conducting research on diseases and other important health information. This field allows you to work in diverse environments such as hospitals, medical and dental offices, or labs.

UVA Partnership: School of Nursing, School of Engineering & Applied Science

Creative and Visual Arts/Graphic Design

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Does painting, drawing, sculpting, and designing art interest you? Have you ever wanted to learn how to take photos and shoot videos? Creative visual arts is for anyone interested in exploring or trying out new and different forms of art.

Community Partnership: Tree Williams

 

UVA Partnership: UVA Arts Department

Urban Farming/
Horticulture

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The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster is about using your love of science, the environment or animals to prepare for careers that involve improving the quality and safety of food, cultivating and preserving our natural resources, and caring for animals.  Agriculture is Virginia’s largest private industry, with an economic impact of $52 billion each year and providing over 300,000 jobs.

Community Partnership: Wildrock

UVA Partnership:  Environmental Sciences, School of Engineering & Applied Science

Culinary Arts

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The Culinary Arts cluster is about learning the art of preparing, cooking, presenting and serving food. This cluster is for anyone who has ever considered a career in the culinary arts, or anyone with just an interest in food and cooking

Community Partnership: Culinary AB

Education and Human Development

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Have you ever wanted to be a teacher? To help build and shape your community? The Education and Training cluster is about using your ability to motivate and your love of people to provide education and training that reaches individuals of all ages and across a range of industries. Careers include teaching in a classroom, leading as a college president and serving in your community as a social worker.

Community Partnership: African American Teaching Fellows

UVA Partnership: School of Education

Business
and Entrepre-
neurship

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Interested in starting your own business? Leading your own company or designing your own product? Learn about to business and Entrepreneurship to find out about how to make, design, and run your own business

UVA Partnership: McIntire School of Commerce

Civic 
Engagement
and Social 
Justice

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Every felt passionate about a subject or issue and wanted to be part of the change?  You are ready for civic engagement. Civic Engagement is individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.

Community Partnership: The Black Women of Central VA

UVA Partnership: Department of Politics, School of Public Policy & Leadership

Architecture

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The Architecture and Construction cluster is about using your skills in design, planning and management to work in careers building and maintaining structures such as buildings, homes, bridges, or machinery. Work opportunities include developing new structures, restorations, additions, alterations, and repairs. Construction is the pathway with the highest number of employment opportunities.

Community Partnership: Project Pipeline

UVA Partnership: School of Architecture

Multimedia Arts: Journalism
and Broadcasting
 

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Got a news story that you want heard? You might be ready to learn more about broadcast journalism.  Broadcast journalism refers to a way of delivering the news to the people other than via the newspaper or other print sources. 

Community Partnership: Light House Studio, Charlottesville Tomorrow

UVA Partnership: UVA Arts Department, Media Studies Department