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What is a Career Path?

Explore your career options by looking at which jobs can lead you to better jobs. Do you know which career path you are on?

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Discover How to Start and Move Up in a Career Path

A career cluster is group of careers that share common features. A career path is a smaller group of jobs within a career cluster that use similar skills. Each career cluster contains several career paths.

You can start in a lower-lever job in a career path and, with more education and experience, move up within that path.

A career path helps you find out how you might move from one job to another within a career cluster.

Here are a few examples of career paths:

  • "Patient Care" is a path within the "Health" career cluster
    • Home Health Aide → Nursing Assistant → Licensed Practical Nurse
  • "Administrative Support" is a path within the "Business" career cluster
    • Receptionist → Office Clerk → Office Manager
  • "Safety" is a path in the "Public Safety" career cluster
    • Security Guard → Fire Fighter → Fire Inspector

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