Career Pathways


Career Pathways are broad groupings of careers that share similar characteristics and whose employment requirements call for many common interests, strengths and competencies. The goal in middle school is for students to select a career pathway that interests them.

Michigan’s six career pathways are:

ArtsCommunArts and Communications
Careers related to the humanities and the performing, visual, literary, and media arts. These include graphic, interior and fashion design, writing, film, fine arts, journalism, languages, media, advertising and public relations.


BusinessManageBusiness, Management, Marketing, and Technology
Careers related to all aspects of business including accounting, business administration, computer/information systems, economics, entrepreneur, finance, marketing, personnel and sales.

EngineeringEngineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
Careers related to technologies necessary to design, develop, install, or maintain physical systems. These include engineering, manufacturing, construction, service, and related technologies.

HealthSciencesHealth Sciences
Careers related to the promotion of health as well as the treatment of injuries, conditions, and disease. These include research, prevention, treatment, and related health technologies.

HumanServicesHuman Services
Careers in this path are related to economic, political, and social systems. These include education, government, law and law enforcement, leisure and recreation, military, religion, child care, hospitality, and social and personal services.

NationalResourcesNatural Resources and Agriscience
Careers related to natural resources, agriculture, and the environment. These include agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, fisheries, forestry, horticulture and wildlife.


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