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Career Clusters and Pathways

The University of Oklahoma Career Fields, Clusters & Pathways chart graphically depicts the organizing framework of the foundation knowledge and skills, career fields, career clusters, and career pathways that the university will use for explaining the ways in which degree offerings connect to careers available.


Career Clusters, which are identified in the bold, black bullets , represent a grouping of occupations and broad industries into a national classification of 16 clusters that are based upon common knowledge and skills. Career clusters include hundreds of occupations that may be grouped into pathways around which educational programs of study can be built.

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Human Services
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Business, Management, and Administration
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Education and Training
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Health Science
  • Transportation, Distribution, Logistics

Career Pathways, which are identified by the symbol ( > ) under each cluster heading, represent an organization of related occupational areas within a specific career cluster. Each of these pathways has identified knowledge and skills validated by industry from which programs and programs of study are developed.

Career Fields, which are identified in the segmented ring around Foundation Knowledge and Skills, are the organizing structure for the 16 career clusters and 79 pathways. The fields represent the broadest aggregation of careers. Students can be exposed to career field exploration as early as middle school and early high school. Career fields have been identified as:

  • Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
  • Arts, Communications, & Information Systems
  • Engineering, Manufacturing, & Technology
  • Health Science Technology
  • Human Services
  • Business, Management, & Administration