Career Clusters

Each of the 107 competitions at the SkillsUSA Championships career competitions falls under one of 11 categories known as “clusters.” Supporting one or more Career Clusters demonstrates a company’s direct support of and alignment with the work on the competition floor and the sweat equity required to qualify for this competition.

Architecture and Construction

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

Cluster Champions: 3M, Bessey, CareerSafe LLC, CBRE, Centuri Construction Group, Channellock, Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), Ferguson Enterprises, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, Huntington Ingalls Industries, John Deere, Kreg, Lowe’s, National Association of Sewer Service Companies, NCCER, Pella Corporation, Rees Scholarship Foundation, Swinerton Foundation, Viega LLC

  • 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
Arts, 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.

Cluster Champions: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Pella

  • 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
Health Sciences

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

Cluster Champions: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Goodheart-Willcox Publisher

  • Basic Health Care Skills
  • Dental Assisting
  • First Aid/CPR
  • 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.

Cluster Champions: CareerSafe LLC, U.S. Apprenticeship.gov, United States Coast Guard

  • Commercial Baking
  • Culinary Arts
  • Restaurant Service
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.

Cluster Champions: 3M, CareerSafe LLC

  • Barbering (demo)
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • Nail Care
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.

Cluster Champions: 3M, CareerSafe LLC

  • Computer Programming
  • Cybersecurity (Technology demo)
  • Information Technology Services
  • Internetworking
  • Technical Computer Applications

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

Cluster Champions: 3M, CareerSafe LLC

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

Cluster Champions: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Centuri, Clean Harbors, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools, Lowe’s, Pella, Toyota, U.S. Air Force

  • 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

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.

Cluster Champions: 3M, Bessey, CareerSafe LLC, Ferguson, Haas, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Magna, Miller, Nissan, Pella, Volvo

  • 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 (STEM)

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.

Cluster Champions: 3M, CareerSafe LLC, Ferguson, Haas, John Deere, Magna, Mastercam

  • 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

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.

Cluster Champions: 3M, ASE, CareerSafe LLC, Channellock, Clean Harbors, Goodheart Willcox, Huntington Ingalls Industries, John Deere, Nissan, Penske, Snap-on, Toyota, Volvo

  • 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