What are Career Pathways?
Each Career Pathway is a broad grouping of careers that share similar characteristics and have common employment requirements. A chosen Pathway focuses a student’s courses toward preparing for a specific career goal area. Career Pathway planning is an educational approach to course scheduling, which helps students focus their education toward career development. The five career pathways identified within this Course Planning and Course Description Guide are clusters of occupations or careers that are based on the national career clusters.
Why should I choose a career pathway?
1. To create career awareness and encourage planning for post-secondary education and opportunities 2. To provide knowledge that relates your high school education to the world after graduation 3. To help focus on a career area that matches interests in high school 4.To help set goals and discover classes necessary to achieve those goals In a Career Pathway system, students choose a pathway that will prepare them for employment in the cluster that best fits their interests and abilities. Each career pathway represents a group of related occupations and industries represented in today’s economy.
How should I use the Career Pathways information?
When scheduling, compare your course selections to your intended pathway to help you determine whether your choices meet your post high school goals. Get advice and help on your course selections from your parents, counselors, principal, and teachers.
How do Career Pathways fit in junior high?
Students in grades 7 & 8 will have opportunities to learn more about Career Pathways through a specifically designed junior high course, Personal and Career Awareness. The course will focus on building skills in career and character development. Students will access career and interest surveys to determine their strength areas and will become acquainted with the five Career Pathways and explore possible career choices.
Hughesville Junior/Senior High School
Arts and Communications
Designed to develop students’ awareness, interpretation, application, and production of visual, verbal, and written work. Careers in this pathway are linked to the humanities and include performing, visual, and literary arts as well as the communication media. Some occupations include those in creative writing, dance, editing, film, fine arts, graphic arts, journalism, modeling, music, photography, radio, telecommunications, theatre, and translating.
Business/Information Management and Marketing
Designed to prepare students for careers in the world of business, finance, and information services. Careers in this pathway are in the fields of business and marketing. Some occupations include those in accounting, administrative support staff, advertising, computer science, distribution, finance, insurance, international business, management, marketing research, merchandising, personnel, purchasing, real estate, sales and tourism.
Engineering/Industrial and Technological Sciences
Designed to develop students’ interests, awareness, and application to areas related to technologies necessary for design, development, installation, and maintenance of physical systems. Careers in this pathway are related to engineering, science, technology, construction, manufacturing, and transportation. Some occupations include airline pilots, archeologists, architects, assemblers, carpenters, drafters, engineers of all types, machinists, mechanics, scientists, tool and die makers, and truck drivers.
Health and Natural Resource Sciences
Designed to develop students’ interests in the life, physical and behavioral sciences. In addition, the planning, managing and providing of therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health information and biochemistry research development. Careers in this pathway are part of the health services field. They include occupations in hospital services, medical technology, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, therapy and others. Careers in this pathway are related to the environment and natural resources and include occupations in agribusiness, agriculture, animal science, veterinarian, forestry, horticulture, and wildlife management.
Human and Family Services
Designed to develop students’ interests, skills, and experiences for employment in careers related to familiar and human needs. Careers in this pathway are linked to family/consumer, economic, political and social systems. Some occupations in this career focus area include those in hospitality and recreation, public and community service, and the broad field of social services. Careers such as those in childcare, cosmetology, economics, education, fire protection, food service, government, history, hotel and restaurant services, law, law enforcement, the military, and recreation may be found in this career pathway.