Career Clusters

The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality career and technical education (CTE) programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The current SkillsUSA Championships national career competitions are listed under each Cluster heading.

In addition to the 16 Career Clusters established for CTE training programs, SkillsUSA has established an additional Leadership Competition Cluster where related skills are demonstrated in a competitive setting. These 24 leadership competitions are open solely to SkillsUSA members, regardless of their training program area. Therefore, these leadership competitions are not listed in any of the national Career Cluster frameworks associated with a comprehensive program area of study. Click link to learn more about 2023 Competitions by Career Clusters.

Click below to explore some of our career cluster sponsors.

A/V Technology and Communications

A/V Technology and Communications – Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

  • 3-D Visualization and Animation
  • Action Skills
  • Advertising Design
  • Audio/Radio Production
  • Broadcast News Production
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Arts and Communications
  • Digital Cinema Production
  • Employment Application Process
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Graphic Communications
  • Graphic Imaging Sublimation
  • Interactive Application and Video Gaming
  • Job Interview
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Photography
  • Pin Design
  • Prepared Speech
  • Screen Printing Technology
  • T-Shirt Design
  • Telecommunications Cabling
  • Television (Video) Production
  • Web Design
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster provides food and raw material to the United States. In addition, agriculture also provides employment opportunities to a very large percentage of the population.

Architecture and Construction

Architecture and Construction – Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

  • Architectural Drafting
  • Building Maintenance
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet Metal
  • TeamWorks
  • Welding
  • Welding Fabrication
  • Welding Sculpture
Health Science

Health Science – Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

  • Basic Health Care Skills
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences
  • Dental Assisting
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nurse Assisting
  • Practical Nursing
Hospitality and Tourism

The management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.

  • Commercial Baking
  • Culinary Arts
  • Restaurant Service
Human Services 

Human Services – Preparing individuals for employment in Career Pathways Showcase that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

  • Barbering (demo)
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services
  • Community Action Project
  • Community Service
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • Nail Care
Information Technology

Information Technology – Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

  • Computer Programming
  • Cybersecurity (Technology demo)
  • Information Technology Services
  • Internetworking
  • Technical Computer Applications
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security – Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Justice
  • Firefighting
  • Occupational Health and Safety

  • Action Skills
  • American Spirit
  • Chapter Business Procedure
  • Chapter Display
  • Community Action Project
  • Community Service
  • Customer Service
  • Employment Application Process
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Job Interview
  • Job Skill Demonstration A
  • Job Skill Demonstration Open
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Outstanding Chapter
  • Prepared Speech
  • Principles of Technology
  • Promotional Bulletin Board
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Arts and Communications
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Business Management Technology
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources and Agriculture

Manufacturing – Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Automated Manufacturing Technology
  • CNC Milling Technology
  • CNC Technician
  • CNC Turning Technology
  • Humanoid Robotics (demo)
  • Industrial Motor Control
  • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • Mobile Robotics Technology
  • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance
  • Robotics and Automation Technology
  • Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue
  • Technical Drafting

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
 – Planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Technology
  • Engineering Team Challenge (Middle School)
  • Engineering Technology / Design
  • Mobile Electronics Installation
  • Principles of Technology
  • Related Technical Math
Transportation Distribution and Logistics 

Transportation Distribution and Logistics – Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Collision Damage Appraisal (Demo)
  • Collision Repair Technology
  • Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Marine Service Technology
  • Motorcycle Service Technology
  • MLR (Maintenance Light Repair) (Technology demo)
  • Power Equipment Technology