Where do I start?


8th Grade

  • Participate in the career exploration program offered to 7th through 9th graders in your school.
  • Explore non-traditional career pathways reflecting the six career fields and 16 national career clusters.
  • Work with your parents and counselor to select a Program of Study to pursue in high school.
9th Grade

  • Explore careers in the CTE program aligned to your selected Program of Study.
  • Become involved in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that reflects your selected Program of Study.
  • Meet regularly with your counselor to stay on track or adjust your schedule.

10th through 12th Grade

  • Acquire leadership skills in CTSO's reflecting your selected Program of Study.
  • Take advantage of work based learning opportunities, such as job shadowing and internships, with business and industry mentors.
  • Sign up for dual credit/concurrent enrollment opportunities in the courses that apply toward your selected Program of Study.
  • Meet regularly with your counselor to stay on track.

The 16 Career Clusters 

Once you have an idea of the types of jobs available, you're ready to explore the Career Clusters section. Go to the appropriate cluster that best matches your work-related interests. These pages will tell you more about the cluster, its pathways, and related jobs. Additionally, you can:

  • View job descriptions, employment data, and wages for selected careers
  • Learn about clubs to join, the appropriate math course to take, the WorkKeys skill levels to meet, the credentials and certifications to get, and the programs of study and majors at the New Mexico colleges that specialize in preparing students for these careers.

Interest Profiler

Click on the O*Net Online button below to begin taking an interest profiler inventory to learn more about your interests and strengths. After completing the interest profiler, gather the results and return to this page to explore your future careers.

O Net Online

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources pages 15-22
Architecture & Construction pages 23-30
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications pages 31-38
Business & Administration pages 39-46
Education & Training pages 47-54
Finance pages 55-62
Government & Public Administration pages 63-70
Health Science pages 71-78
Hospitality & Tourism pages 79-86
Human Services pages 87-94
Information Technology pages 95-102
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security pages 103-110
Manufacturing pages 11-118
Marketing, Sales & Services pages 119-126
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics pages 127-134
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics pages 135-142
O*NET Online

Find additional online career resources, including O*NET Online, which provide detailed information about each occupation in the cluster.