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Career Clusters 2024-04-23T15:44:30-06:00

Career Clusters

Career clusters is a classification system that groups occupations into sixteen different clusters based on similarities in foundational knowledge and skills needed to achieve success. These clusters are then broken down into career pathways. Four classes is the typical structure of a program of study sequence in order to completely master all the common career technical core standards of the pathway. For Perkins V students who complete two classes in a sequence are considered a concentrator, and concentrators who also take a capstone course are completers.

Career pathways focus on smaller subsets of related occupations within a career cluster. They connect to educational programs, industries, and careers. Pathways help students focus on and develop a clear, more informed educational plan over time. Courses and training programs are typically outlined in career pathways that can guide students as they develop and maintain progress toward career goals.

Career Clusters Guide Book


We are thrilled to present the 4th edition of the New Mexico Career Clusters Guidebook in English, a comprehensive tool for students planning their educational and career journeys. This latest version offers enriched content and updated pathways to align students’ passions with real-world professions. While we are eager to provide you with the 4th edition in Spanish, “Guía de los Grupos de las Carreras en Nuevo México,” it is still under development. In the interim, we encourage you to continue utilizing the current 3rd edition, which remains a robust resource for career exploration and planning.


career cluster guide 2024

English: View the digital version

Spanish CCGB

Spanish: View the digital version

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New Mexico Career Pathways

NM Career Pathways is a website that allows educators, parents and students to explore detailed information about their local school districts, labor markets and career clusters. With the use of area-specific data that highlights median wages and annual job openings, this site helps students be able to make an informed decision on a career path that best suits them.

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NM Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards

Each program of study is reflective of New Mexico’s labor analysis, and includes:

  • A strong academic core aligned to NM Graduation Requirements and content standards set forth by NMAC 6.29.3
  • An articulated system that links each level of learning to the next
  • Opportunities including on-the-job training, mentorships, internships, apprenticeships, etc.


Page last updated April 23, 2024