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Career Focus Planning is an educational approach which helps students focus their education toward career development while allowing flexibility. The six career pathways identified within this Academic and Career Planning and Course Description Guide are clusters of occupations or careers that have been grouped based on similar interests that people share. Each career pathway includes a sequence of courses which have common foundational skills (core academic, thinking, personal qualities) and varying specific occupational skills.
Career Focus Planning provides a plan for all students, regardless of their interests, abilities, talents, or desired levels of education. All pathways have equal dignity.
Career Pathways provide all students with areas of FOCUS, along with FLEXIBILITY, and a VARIETY of ideas to pursue as they make decisions regarding course selection and develop a plan for life.
Career Pathways is a system for connecting school and careers for students, parents, teachers, and communities, and leads to students who are better prepared for further education, employment, and lifelong learning.
Career Focus Planning is for ALL STUDENTS. By selecting a career pathway you are taking your first step in preparing yourself for the future, regardless of your interests, abilities, or talents.
* You'll have assistance from parents/guardian(s) and adults as careers and course selections are discussed.
* You'll develop higher skills needed in the future.
* You'll have a road map for the future.
* You'll see relevance in your selected courses, making high school more meaningful.
* You'll be able to better compete in a global economy.
Career focus planning is not a permanent commitment. As you mature and gain new experiences, it will become necessary to make the appropriate changes in your career focus planning. Discuss your changes with your parents/guardian(s) and counselor so course selections will align with your new career interests.
Arts and Communications
Careers in this pathway are linked to the humanities and include performing, visual, and literary arts as well as the communication media. Some occupations include those in creative writing, dance, editing, film, fine arts, graphic arts, journalism, modeling, music, photography, radio, telecommunications, theatre, and translating.
Business/Information Management and Marketing
Careers in this pathway are in the fields of business and marketing. Some occupations include those in accounting, administrative support staff, advertising, computer science, distribution, finance, insurance, international business, management, marketing research, merchandising, personnel, purchasing, real estate, sales and tourism.
Engineering/Industrial and Technological Sciences
Careers in this pathway are related to engineering, science, technology, construction, manufacturing, and transportation. Some occupations include airline pilots, archeologists, architects, assemblers, carpenters, drafters, engineers of all types, machinists, mechanics, scientists, tool and die makers, and truck drivers.
Careers in this pathway are part of the health services field. They include occupations in hospital services, medical technology, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, therapy and others.
Agriscience and Natural Resources
Careers in this pathway are related to the environment and natural resources and include occupations in agribusiness, agriculture, animal science, forestry, horticulture, and wildlife management. Careers include those from agricultural producer to veterinarian.
Family and Human Services
Careers in this pathway are linked to family/consumer, economic, political and social systems. Some occupations in this career focus area include those in hospitality and recreation, public and community service, and the broad field of social services. Careers such as those in child care, cosmetology, economics, education, fire protection, food service, government, history, hotel and restaurant services, law, law enforcement, the military, and recreation may be found in this career pathway.
Labor Market information is available for students interested in finding out what occupations are in demand at the local, state, or national level.
Between 1996 and 2005, Iowa's economy is expected to generate more than 54,500 job openings annually. Slightly more than thirty-five percent of these jobs will be generated by growth (new jobs being created). These new jobs represent a 10.7% growth rate as compared to a 14% growth rate nationally (1995-2010). Almost 29% of Iowa's jobs will be in the professional, paraprofessional and technical occupations. The fastest growing occupations include computer engineers, precision woodworkers, computer systems analysts, electronic pagination system operators, home health aides, office machine repairers, and special education teachers.
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