we want to start educating our students about the 16 SC Career Clusters, we want to inform our parents too.  We are aware that a lot of this terminology, kindergarten through second grade will not be able to understand, but it is still important for the students to start seeing the terminology; parents as well.  The more children see things the more they will know and understand.  During your child's education in Lexington School District One you will see this terminology through out their education.  Lexington One strives to provide a comprehensive curriculum to meet all individual needs of our students.  A comprehensive curriculum framework includes the following elements: schools of study, clusters of study, majors for each cluster of study and an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP).  Our School Counselor Program is focusing on informing our students and parents about the 16 SC Career Clusters, because when your child gets in to high school they will be able to choose certain classes within these clusters.  These clusters of study from which your child will eventually choose from are designed to provide a seamless transtion from high-school study to post-secondary study and/or the workforce.  Please if you have any questions, please let us know.  We hope you enjoy learning about the 16 SC Career Clusters.

Human Services Cluster 

 Human Services. Do you like helping people?  If so, you may be interested in exploring careers in Human  Services?


Human Service jobs involve helping people, helping take care of young children, or providing a service to people within the community.

Some examples of Human Service Jobs include:


Barbers , Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists


Counselors and Psychologists

Child Care workers


Manicurists and Pedicurists

Social Workers

Fitness Trainers



Human Service jobs require a two year degree from a technical community college or a bachelor's or graduate degree from a 4 year university.


The average Median Salary from someone working in a job in Human services ranges from approximately 21, 000- to 92,000.


A few Human Services jobs projected to grow faster than average over the next 10 years include: Healthcare Social Workers, Industrial Organizational Psychologists, Massage Therapists, Personal Care Aides, and Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors.



 Government and Public Administration

Are you interested in government or politics? Are  you interested in joining the military? Would you enjoy working at the post office or helping people plan new communities? If you answered yes to one of these questions, then you may be interested in exploring careers in the Government and Public Administration Career Cluster.


People who work in Government and Public Administration jobs serve their country either at a local, state, or federal government level. Some people in these positions have been elected or appointed to serve in a certain job. Jobs in this career cluster include: jobs that involve making and passing laws; jobs that help keep our country safe; jobs working overseas;  jobs planning for growth of communities; jobs making decisions to protect our health, safety, and the environment; and jobs regulating how money and tax dollars are spent.  Some jobs include:


President, Senator, Governor, and  Mayor

Postal Services Clerks and Mail Carriers

Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Tax Examiners and Assessors

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Meter Reader with Public Utilities

Armed Service Professionals

City and Regional Planners

Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate

Court Clerks



Government and Public Administration jobs  require a minimum of a high school diploma, some college coursework, a  two year degree from a technical community college or a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a 4 year university in political science, city and community planning, international commerce, public administration,  or public policy analysis.


The average Median Salary from someone working in a job in Government and Public Administration ranges from approximately $28, 000- to $72,000.


 Business, Management, and Administration

 We will be learning about this specific cluster and jobs that fall within this cluster.


One of the fastest-growing and highest paying sectors of SC job market is Business, Management and Administration.  Why? Every SC company-from small Mom and Pop shops to sprawling manufacturing plants-needs employees with strong financial, organizational, time-management, and communication abilities.  If you choose the Business, Management and Administration cluster, you will acquire all these valuable skills while also building a rock solid academic foundation in math, science, and English.  Some jobs in this cluster include:

General Manager & Top Executive BD, MD, DD $70,985

Actuary BD $60,090

Public Administrator BD $55,937

City Manager BD, MD $55,937

Financial Manager BD $55,720

Credit Manager OJT, HS, AD $55,720

Market Research Analyst BD $54,000

Stockbroker AD, BD $50,860

Budget Analyst OJT, AD,BD $49,050

Purchasing Agent AD, BD $43,807

Insurance Claim Representative NO, HS, AD, BD $37,920

Human Resources Specialist/Mgr. BD, MD, DD $35,64

Statistical Clerk NO, OJT, HS, AD $35,590

Court Reporter AD, BD $33,040

Legal Secretary NO,HS,AD $29,070

Executive Secretary NO, HS, AD $28,670

Administrative Assistant HS $28,670

Word Processor HS $23,670

Customer Service Representative NO, OJT, HS $23,340

Receptionist & Information Clerk HS $20,953

Bank Teller OJT, HS $19,940


Education Needed: You need at least a high school diploma, but please note the more education you have the more money you will make.  So, getting your Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree will benefit you most in this area


Median Salary Range: Depending on your education, the salary can range from 19,000 dollars to 70,000 dollars a year.  Again, the more education you have will benefit you more in regards to how much you can make.




Education and Training Career Cluster.  


Do you like helping people figure things out? Have you ever taught or tutored children? Do you enjoy working with young children? Are you comfortable speaking to a group? Do you enjoy organizing group activities?  Do you find it easy to bring out the best in people? Are you outgoing? Can you communicate ideas and information to others? Can you make learning fun? Can you motivate others? If so, you maybe interested in exploring careers in the Education and Training Career Cluster.  Some jobs in this career cluster are:

Educational Administrator


Speech-Language pathologist

College Faculty Member


Athletic Director


Secondary School Teacher

Elementary School Teacher



Media Specialist

Special Education Teacher

Social Worker

Sports and Fitness Coordinator

Preschool Teacher

Recreation Program Director

Child Care Worker


Education Needed:

Education and training jobs do not all require a college degree.  You need at least a minimum of a highschool diploma.  With a High School diploma you could become a Childcare Worker, Teacher Assistant, Library technician, Preschool Worker or Classroom Aide.  If you want to become a Recreation Worker or a Manager of a Childcare Center then you will need a 2-Year Associate Degree.  To become an Educational Administrator, Teacher, Speech/Language Pathologist, Social Worker or Librarian you will need a 4 Year Degree or Higher.



Finance Career Cluster.


Are you interested in money? Have you ever wondered how the stock market works? Do you want to know how to save and invest for the future? People who work in the finance cluster might be found at the local bank, insurance agency, business, or the stock broker’s office. They help people manage their finances as well as guide them in saving and investing for the future. If so you might be interested in exploring careers in the Finance Career Cluster.

Workers in the finance area range from the bookkeeper at a local company to the CEO of a bank, insurance agency, or stock brokerage firm. Some of the workers in this area design the accounting system to be used for a business or industry. Others maintain the accounting system to determine how profitable a business is. Still others insure the business or personal property against such disasters as fire, flood, theft, hurricanes, or other natural disasters... The insurance agency will also write policies to protect you in time of sickness or accident. You will also find workers in this area who work on Wall Street selling and buying stocks and bonds for customers. The local stock broker’s office works with individuals to help them invest and save for the future.

The finance cluster is a critical sector of the United States economy. Over six million people work in the area. While growth is predicted to be moderate, the advances in technology will bring about challenging opportunities in this area. There will be new jobs available in this area as well as a need to replace experienced workers as they leave their jobs


A 2-Year Associate Degree or a 4 Year Degree or Higher for jobs in the Finance Cluster.


    Hospitality and Tourism


Hospitality and Tourism, and there is no better place than S.C. to build a career in Hospitality and Tourism. With 29 million visitors every year to the state's natural attractions (like our S.C. Coast and Beaches) as well as other cultural attractions, Hospitality and Tourism is the state's number one industry.  


Hospitality jobs range in type and vary from managing or working in a restaurant serving food and beverages; helping someone plan or book a hotel, cruise, or vacation package; working at a theme park, museum, golf course, or other recreational business; and helping manage the daily operations of a hotel, lodge, summer camp, a Timeshare, or RV Lodge.


Examples of Jobs that fall under the Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster and their average median salary include:


Animal Trainers- $33, 600

Athletes and Sports Competitors-$80, 490

Dishwashers- $13,840

Executive Chef- $64,913

Flight Attendants- $42, 777

Food Service Prep Workers-$19,710

Hotel Managers- $57, 810

Maid and Housekeeping Cleaner- $22, 990

Pilots- $50, 765

Recreation Program Director- $17, 320

Tour Guides- $26,920

Travel Agents -$38, 750

Umpires, Referees, and other Sports Officials-$33, 990

Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers- $21, 060

Waiters or Waitresses- $23, 020


EDUCATION NEEDED: Most Hospitality and Tourism  jobs require a high school diploma, with many managerial and supervisory positions requiring a minimum of two year degree from a technical community college or a bachelor's degree from a four year university.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic jobs, also known as STEM jobs.


Are you interested in designing and programming a robot to work in an operating room; studying how dolphins communicate; exploring space;  studying the number of children who live in the United States who are under the age of 11; or doing research to find a cure for a disease. If so, you may be interested in exploring careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Some jobs in this career cluster include:


Agricultural and Food Science Technicians


Automotive Engineering Technicians


Computer Programmers

Laser Technicians

Environmental Restoration Planners


Mechanical, Industrial, Civil, Chemical, and Electrical Engineers




STEM jobs do not all require higher education or even a college degree. Less than half of entry-level STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic jobs require a bachelor's degree or higher. However, a four-year degree is incredibly helpful with salary.


The average Median Salary for someone working in a job in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ranges from approximately $36,000-89,000. Most South Carolina engineering technicians, who usually start their careers with a two-year associate degree, make more than $40,000 a year.



 Information Technology Cluster.  


Information Technology Cluster includes courses and/or programs related to designing, developing, managing, and operating communication and information technology networks and related hardware and software for the recording, storage, transformation, transmission and distribution of voice, video, images, and data including both telecommunications and computing services. Information Technology careers involves the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services. Technological advances and global competition have transformed the nature of work. Tomorrow's jobs will require more knowledge, better skills, and more flexible workers than ever before. Tomorrow's workers must be prepared to change jobs and careers several times.

Information Technology is at the heart of the 21st century economy, and as IT generates the jobs of the future, taking steps to grab one of them could be the best career move you’ll ever make. Between 1995 and 1999 IT accounted for one-third of all real U.S. economic growth and a whopping 50 percent of growth in productivity. Even when business turned bad in 2001 and layoffs swept through the high-tech businesses, IT continued to boost productivity. As technical advances in communications coverage with ever  smaller, faster, and cheaper computer hardware and software, the revolutionary effects of IT on business and the economy are nowhere close to the end.

Careers in IT are varied. Some workers in this field write the programs or code to tell a computer how to complete a task. These workers talk with the people who want a computer to complete a task to determine their needs. After writing the program, the program is tested for bugs and corrected. Others in this field troubleshoot problems with both hardware and software. At times, they also train the user on how to use the software. People who work in the networking area of IT link computers together that allow the sharing of information within an organization or between organizations. If you like the web, you might be interested in how websites are created. Or games might be your interest. How are those games created?

Don’t rule out IT, particularly if you’re a good communicator and like working on team projects. Ninety-two percent of IT employees work in IT departments of non-IT companies like banks, utilities, auto manufacturers, etc. IT is embedded in companies across the economy.

Education Needed: You will need an Associate’s Degree or Higher such as Bachelor’s Degree



Marketing, Sales and Service Career Cluster.


Do you like to shop? Can you convince a friend to buy one product over another one? Do you think you would like to own your own company? If you do, this could be the career cluster for you. Workers in this area forecast, buy, display, and sell items to customers.

There are several possibilities in this area. Workers may research the competitor to make sure their company has the edge. People in marketing research may also help to design new products and predict how this new product will be accepted. Also, workers in this area coordinate the promotion of the product either through print ads, TV ads, or the internet. For these workers, the computer becomes an essential tool. If a company buys its products to sell to the customers, someone has to decide what to buy and how to present it so that the product sells. The company also needs people who sell their product. Entrepreneurs take an idea they have for a company and turn it into a reality by starting their own business. They then become responsible for the daily operations as well as advertising, selling, and marketing the product. Products must also be delivered to the customers. Someone has to be in charge of deciding how to get the raw materials needed to make the product or how to get the finished product to the customer.

The jobs in the cluster area are varied. According to the latest statistics, there are over 16 million jobs in Marketing, Sales & Service. Employment opportunities are expected to be good. Great opportunities await you in Marketing, Sales & Service.


Learners need a strong background in communication, math and technical skills. You will need at least a High School degree or Higher such as a Bachelor’s Degree.