Realistic 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: Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional.

When you are finished, go to Final Steps.

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural Inspector (1)
Agricultural or Food Science Technician (1, 15)
Animal Breeder (1)
Animal Caretaker (1, 8)
Farmer (1)
Farm Worker (1)
Fisher (1)
Forester (1)
Forest or Conservation Worker (1)
Landscaping or Groundskeeping Worker (1, 2)
Rancher (1)

Safety & Law Enforcement
Balliff (12)
Correctional Officer or Jailer (12)
Criminal Investigator or Special Agent (7, 12)
Emergency Medical Technician (8, 12)
Fire Fighter (12)
Fire Inspector or Investigator (12)
Fish and Game Warden (1)
Police Officer or Sheriff (12)
Detective (7, 12)
Private Detective or Investigator (12)
Security Guard (12)

Engineering
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician (3)
Cartographer (1, 2, 15)
Construction or Building Inspector (2, 7)
Drafter (2, 15)
Engineering Technician (1, 2, 13, 15)
Mechanical Engineer (15)
Mining Engineer (15)
Radiologic Technologist or Technician (8)
Surveyor (2)

Transportation & Distribution
Aircraft Pilot (2, 16)
Bus Driver (16)
Locomotive Engineer (3, 16)
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors (1)
Sailor or Marine Oiler (16)
Ship Captain (1, 16)
Stock Clerk Warehouse or Storage Yard (14)
Subway or Streetcar Operator (2, 16)
Taxi Driver or Chauffeur (16)
Truck Driver (16)

Construction Crafts; Support
Brickmason or Blockmason (2)
Carpenter (2, 16)
Carpet or Floor Installer (2)
Cement Mason (2)
Commercial Diver (1, 16)
Drywall Installer (2)
Glazier (glass installer) (2)
Hazardous Materials Removal Worker (1, 2, 12)
Insulation Worker (2)
Painter or Paperhanger (2)
Plasterer (2)
Plumber (2)
Roofer (2)

Crafts-Mechanical
Aircraft Mechanic (1, 16)
Automotive Service Technician (16)
Coin and Vending Machine Repairer (2)
Diesel Service Technician (16)
Heating, Air-Conditioning, or Refrigeration Technician (2)
Home Appliance Repairer (2, 5, 13)
Industrial Machinery Repairer (13)
Heavy Equipment Service Technician or Mechanic (1, 13, 16)
Medical Equipment Repairer (13)
Small Engine Mechanic (13, 16)
Television, Video, or Motion Picture Camera Operator (3)

Crafts-Electrical-Electronic
Computer and Office Machine Repairer (3, 13)
Electrician (2)
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installer and Repairer (3, 13)
Elevator Installer and Repairer (2, 13)
Line Installer and Repairer (2)
Telecommunications Equipment Installer (3, 13)

Crafts-Metal, Wood, Plastic, Fabric
Automotive Body Repairer (16)
Boilermaker (13, 16)
Cabinetmaker (13)
Computer Control Programmer or Operator (13)
Custom Tailor (10)
Jeweler (13, 16)
Machinist (13)
Medical Appliance Repairer (8, 13)
Model Maker or Patternmaker, Wood (13)
Museum Technician or Conservator (3, 9, 15)
Optician, Dispensing (8)
Sheet Metal Worker (2, 13)
Shoe and Leather Worker (13)
Tool and Die Maker (13)
Upholsterer (13)
Welder (13)

Food Preparation
Baker (9, 13)
Cook (8, 9)
Food Preparation Worker (9)
Meat Cutter (1, 9)

Systems Operation
Power Plant Operator (13)
Ship Engineer (16)
Stationary Engineer and Boiler Operator (2)
Water-Treatment-Plant Operator (1)

Equipment Operation
Agricultural Equipment Operator (1)
Construction Equipment Operator (2, 16)
Crane and Tower Operator (2, 16)
Tank Car, Truck, or Ship Loader (1, 16)

Manufacturing Production
Assembler or Fabricator (2, 13, 16)
Dental or Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician (8)
Inspector or Tester (13)
Machine Setter, Operator, or Tender (13)
Medical Appliance Technician (8)
Textile, Apparel, or Furnishings Worker (13)

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