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?
- To create career awareness and encourage planning for post-secondary education and
- To provide knowledge that relates your high school education to the world after graduation
- To help focus on a career area that matches interests in high school
- 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.
Hughesville Junior/Senior High School Career Pathways
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.