Career Awareness/Exploration // Researching Careers
Career Clusters

This activity introduces students to 16 career clusters and their related career fields.

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

9

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

30

Instructions

The career clusters are a helpful tool to start thinking about what kinds of careers might interest you. A career cluster is a group of similar careers based on common factors such as interests and job requirements. The US Department of Education developed 16 career clusters under six career fields as a way for counselors, teachers, and students to organize career planning.

Add to the Career and Occupational Taxonomy worksheet from the previous lesson using what you learned about creating taxonomies in the Alphabetical Taxonomy example.

Teacher Notes

This lesson can use either the reading or the powerpoint and should follow the Taxonomy of Careers lesson. 

Tell students to listen (or look when reading) for words that they’d like to add to their taxonomies. In particular, they can add words related to the career clusters that they find appealing.

Give students a chance to add to their taxonomies throughout the presentation/reading by stopping frequently and asking students which words they added.

Once the new words have been exhausted, tell students to put this taxonomy in their notebooks and enter it into their table of contents.

After the reading/presentation, ask for student volunteers to share a couple of new words they added to their taxonomies. Invite the rest of the class to make sure they have those terms written down as well.

Conclude by explaining that, in this lesson, students will be using different assessment tools to add to their understanding of their interests, skills, and values.

Tell students to listen (or look when reading) for words that they’d like to add to their taxonomies. In particular, they can add words related to the career clusters that they find appealing.

Give students a chance to add to their taxonomies throughout the presentation/reading by stopping frequently and asking students which words they added.

Once the new words have been exhausted, tell students to put this taxonomy in their notebooks and enter it into their table of contents.

After the reading/presentation, ask for student volunteers to share a couple of new words they added to their taxonomies. Invite the rest of the class to make sure they have those terms written down as well.

Conclude by explaining that, in this lesson, students will be using different assessment tools to add to their understanding of their interests, skills, and values.

Assessment Notes

Completion of worksheet

Return to Career Readiness
Additional lessons in Researching Careers

Taxonomy of Careers

This activity introduces students to researching careers by having students aggregate all their current career-related vocabulary.

Using the Internet for Research

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Road Trip Nation Stories

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Day in the Life Videos - Exploring Careers in Your Pathway Industry Sector

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Day in the Life Videos – Exploring Careers You Are Interested In

The purpose of this activity is expose students to careers which they may be interested in and have them reflect on how their interests match a career after viewing a Day in the Life Video.

The Career for Me

This activity allows students to explore careers that they are interested in pursuing and to understand their skill set in the context of the careers that they want to pursue.

Career Research

The purpose of this task is for students to synthesize and share accurate career research they have conducted, and to reflect upon the personal relevance of that research.