Career families are a way of grouping occupations that have a core of common knowledge and skills, which result in an economy-driven industry and occupational framework for organizing careers. Career areas included in these career families are varied and require different levels of preparation and skills, ranging from a high school diploma to a college degree.
Careers representing those of the 21st century have been divided into career families. The Virginia Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education Services identifies 16 Career Families that have a common core of knowledge and skills. Virginia’s career families align with career clusters from the United States Department of Education, and are listed as follows: