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Labor Market Information Center

Exploring Occupations by Career Cluster

One way of organizing similar occupations for career exploration is the 16 career clusters endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and adopted by the South Dakota Department of Education. Career clusters are designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to reach their postsecondary and career goals.

Select a career cluster below to see a list of all the occupations included within that group, then simply click on each to learn more about it in the virtual labor market data system. The virtual system presents a wealth of information on each occupation, including state-specific employment, outlook and wage data. See below for tips on using the virtual system. For even more information, you can search O*Net Online using the occupational code provided. Please note: occupations are listed in clusters using the assignments in O*Net Online; each occupation appears in the single most strongly related cluster.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Architecture & Construction

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Business Management & Administration

Education & Training

Finance

Government & Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Manufacturing

Marketing

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

About the Career Clusters

Learn more about the career clusters on the Department of Education website.

Tips for Using the Virtual Labor Market Data System

When you click on an occupation in one of the career cluster lists, you will be taken to the virtual system for information on that specific occupation. If you instead see a list of closely related occupations, it means there is more than one related occupation in the system. Simply click on the occupation of most interest.

When you are presented with information on a specific occupation, you will notice across the top of the screen a menu that looks like the one shown in the image below.

You may click on any of the underlined items to learn more about that aspect of the occupation, such as the skills required or South Dakota employment and wage data.

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