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What Is a Program of Study?

A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your school to help move you towards a college and career path.

A Program of Study Plan Can Help You:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses. Learn more about college credit options.
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

What is a Career Field?

Career fields represent broad groupings of similar careers. You probably already learned about different types of careers already in middle school and high school. All of those careers fall into six different career fields below. Learn more about career fields.

  1. Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
  2. Arts, Communications, & Information Systems
  3. Engineering, Manufacturing, & Technology
  4. Health Science Technology
  5. Human Services
  6. Business, Management, & Administration

What is a Career Cluster?

A career cluster is group of careers that share common features. A career pathway is a smaller group of jobs within a career cluster that use similar skills. Each career cluster contains several career pathways. Learn more about career clusters.

What is a Career Pathway?

A career pathway is a smaller group of jobs within a career cluster that use similar skills. Each career cluster contains several career pathways. You can start in an entry-level job in a career pathway. With more education and experience, you can move up within that pathway. Learn more about career pathways.