Career Clusters

BTC Programs by Cluster and Pathway   

There are 16 career clusters identifying related occupational groupings that require a set of common knowledge, skills and talents for career success. The clusters are designed to help you learn about how careers are organized so you can pinpoint and pursue careers that use your natural skills and interests.

Career clusters include hundreds of occupations that are categorized into subgroups called career pathways. A pathway includes a smaller subset of related careers with a more defined set of information about what a person needs to know and be able to do. A career pathway helps you plan as early as 8th grade. It shows you what courses you need to take now to help you get where you want to go. A career pathway allows you to explore a field of occupations -- you don't have to pick one! It gives you flexibility so you can change your mind at any time.

Career pathways are broken down even further into sample job titles. Remember, these are just some of the many jobs available within each career pathway.

Blackhawk Career Cluster Chart

Cluster: Agriculture, Food Natural Resources

Pathway: Food Products Processing Systems

  • Laboratory Technician Assistant
  • Pathway: Plant Systems

  • Green Industry Technician
  • Pathway: Agribusiness Systems

  • Farm Business Production Management
  • Agribusiness Specialist
  • Cluster: Architecture Construction

    Pathway: Construction

  • HVAC/R
  • Electric Power Distribution
  • Pathway: Maintenance/Operations

  • Civil Engineering Technology* Shared Program with Gateway Technical College
  • Cluster: Art, Audio/Video Technology Communications

    Pathway: Journalism Broadcasting

    Cluster: Business, Management Administration

    Pathway: Management

  • Business Management
  • Human Resources
  • Pathway: Administrative Information Support

  • Legal Administrative Professional
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Administrative Professional
  • Cluster: Finance

    Pathway: Business Financial Management

  • Accounting
  • Cluster: Health Science

    Pathway: Therapeutic Services

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Advanced Dental Assistant
  • Pathway: Diagnostic Services

  • Radiography
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Pathway: Health Informatics

  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Medical Assistant
  • *Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Cluster: Hospitality Tourism

    Pathway: Restaurants Food/Beverage Services

  • Culinary Arts
  • Cluster: Human Services

    Pathway: Early Childhood Development Services

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Cluster: Information Technology

    Pathway: Network Systems

  • Network Specialist
  • Information Systems Security Specialist
  • Computer Service Technician
  • Pathway: Programming and Software Development

  • Web Analyst/Programmer
  • Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections Security

    Pathway: Emergency Fire Management Services

  • Fire Protection Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Pathway: Law Enforcement Services

  • Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
  • *Legal Administrative Professional
  • Cluster: Manufacturing

    Pathway: Production

  • CNC Technician
  • Welding
  • Pathway: Manufacturing Production Process Development

  • Electro-Mechanical Technology (Automated Systems Technology)
  • Pathway: Maintenance, Installation Repair

  • Industrial Mechanic
  • *Air Conditioning, Heating Refrigeration Technology
  • Cluster: Marketing

    Pathway: Marketing Communications Promotion

  • Marketing
  • Cluster: Science, Technology, Engineering Math

    Pathway: Engineering Technology

  • Mechanical Design Technology
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • *Network Specialist
  • *Information Systems Security Specialist
  • *Web Analyst/Programmer
  • Cluster: Transportation, Distribution Logistics

    Pathway: Facility Mobile Equipment Maintenance

  • Automotive Technician
  • Diesel Heavy Equipment Technician