Maryland’s career clusters are organized around 10 broad career areas that reflect Maryland’s key economic factors as specified in the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE’s) Maryland Career Cluster: Restructuring Learning for Student Achievement in a Technologically Advanced, Global Society. Local school districts are encouraged to use the career cluster system to organize teaching and learning to meet the specific needs and resources of their community.
Career clusters are groupings of interrelated occupations that represent the full range of career opportunities in key economic sectors of Maryland’s economy. The career clusters provide a “road map” for students and adults in planning for and pursuing further education and careers through 38 programs of study. Maryland's career clusters are:
· Career Cluster 1: Arts, Media and Communication
· Career Cluster 2: Business, Management and Finance
· Career Cluster 3: Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism
· Career Cluster 4: Construction and Development
· Career Cluster 5: Environmental, Agricultural and Natural Resource Systems
· Career Cluster 6: Health and Biosciences
· Career Cluster 7: Human Resource Services
· Career Cluster 8: I nformation Technology
· Career Cluster 9: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
· Career Cluster 10: Transportation Technologies
PGCPS adopted the Maryland’s Career Clusters to implement 26 programs of study based on projected workforce trends and future employment opportunities within the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. As a result, students will be able to develop marketable skills that will enable to them to contribute and participate in the economy of Prince George’s County.