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Free Internet Resources by Career Cluster for Career Exploration

The following internet resources were identified by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to help teachers, school counselors, and career professionals make career exploration more accessible to students. You will find articles, interviews, links to other resources, and lots of information related to many career and occupational fields.

The resources are grouped by the 16 Connecticut Career Clusters. Career clusters help students develop a course of study and link what they learn in school to the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in their careers. The career clusters identify pathways from high school to postsecondary education opportunities and the workplace.

DECD’s activities are designed to encourage economic growth, strengthen economic foundations, and enhance Connecticut’s workforce. These efforts are often supported through initiatives focusing on specific industry or economic clusters or industry sectors that are considered critical to our state's economy.

Although the Internet resources herein are organized by the Connecticut Career Clusters, the appropriate Connecticut industry or economic clusters or industry sectors are also referenced so that you can see the relationship between the two cluster systems.

Click on a career cluster name below to learn more about the cluster, how it aligns to industry clusters or industry sectors, and to explore the numerous resources.  Be sure to visit the Next Gen Home page or the Next Gen Site Map for additional web pages, and even more interactive websites, engaging activities, fun games and interesting lesson plans can be found under Classroom Materials. Best of all, the career resources are FREE!  

Sixteen Career Clusters

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 

Architecture and Construction 

Arts, Audio-Visual Technology, and Communications

Business Management and Administration

Education and Training


Government and Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality and Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security



Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics


Connecticut Career Clusters Job Journeys Posters

Job Journeys Posters by Connecticut Department of Labor 8.5x11

Job Journeys Posters by Connecticut Department of Labor 11x17 

Other helpful career clusters resources


Career Clusters & Pathways – CTE Vision Toolkit  {NEW!}

The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), representing the state and territory heads of secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across the nation, has numerous resources for helping students learn about and explore options within 16 different Career Clusters and related Career Pathways, as well as to better prepare for college and career.  To learn more about Career Technical Education (CTE) in your state, click here. To see the numerous On-Demand Webinars, click here. To access helpful print materials and posters, click here.

Connecticut Career Paths - 44 pages from the Connecticut Department of Education.

Connecticut Department of Higher Education – Searchable Databases  
In the first box labeled “Program or Field of Study” type a word or two related to your intended field of study to obtain a list of places in Connecticut where a program may be offered.  Remember to try again with an alternative term or a synonym if you do not see what you are looking for.

Connecticut Labor Market Information (LMI for Students – Overview)
Very helpful for making more informed career planning choices, tabbed web pages with free online resources, information on entry-level and middle-skills jobs, salary and employment data, career exploration sites, and free career planning materials such as the 2010-2012 Connecticut Career Paths guide for youths and adults.

Connecticut's Reemployment Portal
Find information on an occupation and related occupations with the "Keyword Search" or by career cluster with the "Occupational Group Search" box.

eZine @rticles – “Career Clusters Close the Gap Between Schools Subjects and Careers”
Dr. Mary Askew’s article.

eZine @rticles – “Career Clusters, A Bridge Between Education and Career Planning”
Dr. Mary Askew’s article.

A site with posters and other information on the 16 career clusters developed by the U.S. Department of Education. 
Internet sites for career planning.
O*NET Online
O*NET OnLine is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations containing standardized and occupation-specific descriptors, developed by the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
Select a cluster of occupations from the drop-down box and press "Go" to reveal the list of occupations identified with that career cluster, with summary information on qualification and educational requirements, skills, abilities, job zones, common tasks and work activities, work values, work styles, and related occupations.

Browse by Skills Search:
Place a check mark in one or more of the skill groups in any combination and press "Go" to reveal occupations to explore further.  The six skills groups include: Basic Skills, Complex Problem Solving Skills, Resource Management Skills, Social Skills, Systems Skills, and Technical Skills. 

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership  {NEW!}

Opportunities to find and/or become mentors.


The Alberta Learning Information Service (Canada) has a great website with an alphabetical listing of topics related to career planning and career choices. the top menu also features select sections for high school students, postsecondary students, education and training seekers, career explorers, etc. 

What is Job Corps?  {NEW!}

U.S. Department of Labor's program for youths 16 years to 24 years of age, offering eligible candidates education and training to help one succeed in today's business market. All students who enter the Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive, or Construction career technical training areas will train in a variety of green subject areas.

To see more information, click Recruiting or Careers List.


What is Sustainable Development?

A website by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) that introduces a list of human rights to basic needs, and provides valuable resources for the global acknowledgement of such rights. HREA is an international non-governmental organization that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies. This website could be part of the preparation for discussing careers by understanding what societies need.

World of Work Map and U.S. Department of Education Career Clusters”  

Helpful map.


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