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Career Paths

In LSR7, we prepare students for the careers of their choice.

Career paths provide a plan for all students, regardless of their interests, skills, aptitudes, personality or desired levels of education. With career paths, all students can focus on their area to help make decisions regarding course selection and see the relevance to their selected sources. Finding career path connections helps students do better in school.


Career Path

What is a career path? The state of Missouri has identified six Career Paths as a way to help students become aware of and explore careers in a logical, meaningful way. They include Arts and Communication; Business Management and Technology; Health Services; Human Services; Industrial and Engineering Technology; and Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

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Career Cluster

What is a career cluster? Missouri uses 16 Career Clusters as a way of organizing occupations and careers to assist educators in tailoring rigorous coursework and related activities for all students. The Career Clusters include all occupations, even those not usually found in career and technical education.

Career Pathway


What is a career pathway? Occupations within a Career Cluster are further grouped according to shared commonalities such as skill sets or common roles. This grouping is called a Career Pathway. Each cluster contains two to seven Career Pathways. Career Pathways assist educators in the development of a coordinated and non duplicative sequence of courses that identifies both secondary and postsecondary education elements; includes challenging academic and career and technical education content; and culminates in one or more of the following: technical skill proficiency, a credential, a certificate, or a degree at the secondary or post secondary level.

When do students choose a focus?

All students should have a four-year plan of study around a career path. Beginning in the 10th grade, students will select a pathway under one of our six areas. Students can always change their pathway if they'd like to pursue a different interest. 


Arts & Communication

Are you a creative person?

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Creative Path

Do you like to perform for others or create a work of art?

Are you imaginative and innovative?

Career Clusters: 

Arts, A/V Technology and Communications

Learn more about the Arts & Communication Path.

Sample Careers

  • Architect
  • Audio Technician
  • Film or Video Editor
  • Interior Designer
  • Journalist/Broadcaster
  • Language Interpreter
  • Makeup Artist
  • Music Teacher
  • Photographer
  • Public Relations
  • Writer/Author


Business, Management & Technology

Are you a leader?

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Business Path

Do you like to organize meetings or projects?

Are you able to talk to people and communicate your idea or vision?

Can you carry out a project to completion?

Career Clusters:

  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Business Management and Administration

Learn more about the Business, Management & Technology Path.


Sample Careers

  • Accountant
  • CyberSecurity Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Financial Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Loan Officer
  • Network Architect
  • Sales Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Software Developer
  • Stockbroker
  • Web Applications Developer


Health Services

Do you like helping people?

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Health Path

Do you like helping people get well or even stay well?

Are you interested in diagnosing a health issue in a patient?

Are you interested in the human body and how it functions?

Career Clusters:

  • Health Science

Learn more about the Health Services path.


Sample Careers

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Emergency Med Tech
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal/Athletic Trainer
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Surgical Technician
  • Veterinarian


Human Services

Do you like to problem solve?

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Helping Path

Do you like to problem solve and make things better for others?

Are you open to new ideas or opinions?

Do you have friendly and helpful personality?

Career Clusters:

  • Human Services
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Education and Training

Learn more about the Human Services path.


Sample Careers

  • Attorney
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Child Care Administrator
  • Counselor
  • Hotel Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Park Ranger
  • Police Officer
  • Politician
  • Principal/Superintendent
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher


Industrial and Engineering Technology

Do you like building things?

Building and Fixing Path

Do you like building things?

Are you interested in determining how things work?

Career Clusters:

  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Architecture and Construction

Learn more about the Industrial and Engineering Technology.

Sample Careers

  • Automatic Technician
  • Carpenter
  • CNC Programmer/Operator
  • Drafting Designer
  • Electrician
  • Engineer
  • Heavy Equipment Tech
  • HVAC
  • Landscape Architect
  • Machinist
  • Pilot
  • Robotic Technician
  • Surveyor
  • Welder


Natural Resources & Agriculture

Do you like nature and the outdoors?

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Nature Path

Do you like nature and the outdoors?

Do you like to be physically active?

Would you like to determine the cause of environmental problems?

Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Learn more about the Natural Resources Agriculture Path.

Sample Careers

  • Arborist
  • Biochemist
  • Conservation Agent
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Fish & Wildlife Tech
  • Florist
  • Landscaper
  • Microbiologist
  • Sports & Turf Manager
  • Zoologist