Investigative Occupations and Their Clusters

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After each occupation is a number in parentheses. This number gives you the cluster that helps you prepare for that job. The meaning of each number is shown in the sidebar at the right of the page. Put your cursor on the title of a cluster and you will see the career pathways for that cluster. One, or more of those pathways, is likely to prepare you for that job.

Some jobs have more than one number, or cluster. There is more than one cluster that prepares people for that occupation.

Which occupations, career clusters, and pathways best fit your interests? Put a checkmark, with your cursor, next to each job that interests you. Print out this page. Then, write down the career pathways that likely include the job that interests you.

You will find the exact pathways for the jobs that interest you in our eBook 5 Steps to Choosing the Right Career Cluster, Field, or Pathway.

It is best if you look at your two top personality types. When you are finished with this page, you can see the occupations, clusters, and pathways for the other five Holland types by clicking: Realistic, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional.

When you are finished, go to Final Steps.

Physical Sciences
Astronomer (15)
Atmospheric Scientist (15)
Chemist (15)
Environmental Scientist or Hydrologist (1, 15)
Geologist (15)
Geoscientist (15)
Meteorologist (15)
Oceanographer (15)
Physicist (8, 15)

Life Sciences
Agricultural or Food Scientist (1)
Biological Scientist (8, 15)
Conservation Scientist (1)
Medical Scientist (8, 15)
Microbiologist (15)
Range Manager (1)
Zoologist (1, 15)

Health Sciences
Audiologist (8)
Chiropractor (8)
Dentist (8)
Internist (8)
Physician (8, 10, 15)
Obstetrician (8)
Optometrist (8)
Pediatrician (8)
Pharmacist (8)
Surgeon (8)
Surgical Technologist (8)
Veterinarian (1, 8)
Veterinary Technologist or Technician (1, 8)

Laboratory & Medical Technology
Biological Technician (13, 15)
Cardiovascular Technologist or Technician (8)
Chemical Technician (1, 13, 15)
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (8)
Environmental Science Technician (1, 13)
Forensic Science Technician (12)
Medical Laboratory Technician or Technologist (8)
Nuclear Medicine Technologist (8)
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician (8)

Computer Science & Technology
Computer Programmer (3, 4, 8, 11, 14, 15)
Computer Scientist (8, 11, 15)
Computer Software Engineer (2, 8, 11, 13, 15)
Computer Network Support Specialist (11)
Computer User Support Specialist (1, 8, 11, 13, 15)
Computer Systems Analyst (11)
Database Administrator (4, 11)
Network and Computer System Administrator (11)
Network Architect or Engineer (11)

Mathematics & Data Analysis
Actuary (6)
Mathematical Technician (8, 15)
Mathematician (10, 15)
Operations Research Analyst (2, 4)
Statistician (4, 15)

Social Sciences 
Anthropologist (15)
Archaeologist (15)
Economist (1, 4, 7, 15)
Historian (2, 3, 5, 15)
Marketing Research Analyst (4, 14, 15)
Market or Survey Researcher (4, 14, 15)
Political Scientist (10, 7, 15)
Psychologist (8, 10)
Sociologist (2, 10, 15)
Urban or Regional Planner (7)

Engineering
Aerospace Engineer (15)
Agriculture Engineer (15)
Biomedical Engineer (8, 15)
Chemical Engineer (15)
Civil Engineer (2, 15)
Computer Hardware Engineer (11, 15)
Electrical or Electronics Engineer (15)
Environmental Engineer (1, 15)
Health and Safety Engineer (15)
Industrial Engineer (15)
Nuclear Engineer (15)
Petroleum Engineer (15)
Postsecondary Engineering Teacher (2, 4, 5, 11, 15)

1. Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

  • Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Plant Systems
  • Animal Systems
  • Power, Structural & Technical Systems
  • Natural Resources Systems
  • Environmental Service Systems AgriBusiness Systems

2. Architecture & Construction

  • Design/Pre-Construction
  • Construction
  • Maintenance/Operations

3. Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

  • Audio and Video Technology and Film
  • Printing Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications

4. Business, Management & Administration

  • Administration
  • Management
  • Business Financial Management & Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Business Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Administrative & Information Support

5. Education & Training

  • Administration and Administrative  Support
  • Professional Support Services
  • Teaching/Training

6. Finance

  • Financial & Investment Planning
  • Business Financial Management
  • Banking & Related Services
  • Insurance Services

7. Government & Public Administration

  • Governance
  • National Security
  • Foreign Service
  • Planning
  • Revenue and Taxation
  • Regulation
  • Public Management and Administration

8. Health Science

  • Therapeutic Services
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Health Informatics
  • Support Services
  • Biotechnology Research and  Development

9. Hospitality & Tourism

  • Restaurants and Food/Beverage  Services
  • Lodging
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Recreation, Amusements & Attractions

10. Human Services

  • Early Childhood Development &  Services
  • Counseling & Mental Health Services
  • Family & Community Services
  • Personal Care Services
  • Consumer Services

11. Information Technology

  • Network Systems
  • Information Support and Services
  • Interactive Media
  • Programming and Software Development

12. Law, Public Safety,Corrections & Security

  • Correction Services
  • Emergency and Fire Management  Services
  • Security & Protective Services
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Legal Services

13. Manufacturing

  • Production
  • Manufacturing Production Process  Development
  • Maintenance, Installation & Repair
  • Quality Assurance
  • Logistics & Inventory Control
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance

14. Marketing, Sales & Service

  • Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Sales and Marketing
  • Buying and Merchandising
  • Marketing Communications and  Promotion
  • Marketing Information Management  and Research
  • Distribution and Logistics E-Marketing

15. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Science and Math

16. Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

  • Transportation Operations
  • Logistics Planning and Management  Services
  • Warehousing and Distribution Center  Operations
  • Facility and Mobile Equipment  Maintenance
  • Transportation Systems/Infrastructure  Planning, Management, and  Regulation
  • Health, Safety and Environmental  Management
  • Sales and Service