Career Clusters

Nondiscrimination Statement and Policy

Shelby County Career Technical Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, homeless status, marital status, non-English speaking ability, or migrant status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

  • Mike Jones, Title IX Coordinator 410 East College Street Columbiana, AL 35051
  • 205-682-7069

Shelby County Schools offers classes in the following career clusters.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.
Food Products and Processing Systems; Plant Systems; Animal Systems; Power, Structural & Technical Systems; Natural Resources Systems; Environmental Service Systems; Agribusiness Systems

School and Pathway for Ag, Food & Natural Resources
School Pathway
Montevallo High General Agriscience
Shelby County High General Agriscience
Vincent Middle High Industrial Agriculture

Architecture & Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. Design/Pre-Construction; Construction; Maintenance/Operations

School and Pathway for Architecture & Construction
School Pathway
Calera High Carpentry
Career Technical Educational Center Building Construction
Career Technical Educational Center Plumbing
Career Technical Educational Center Welding
Chelsea High Drafting Design

Arts, A/V, Communication

Courses in this cluster provide students with the knowledge and skills for further education and for employment. Students use current and emerging technology, observe modeling and mastery of competencies, and develop and apply skills required for success in their chosen fields. Students work together to build a community of learning where their ideas become a source of learning

School and Pathway for Arts, A/V, Communication
School Pathway
Oak Mountain High Television Production

Business, Management & Administration

Business Management and Administration careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. Management; Business Financial Management & Accounting; Human Resources; Business Analysis; Marketing; Administrative & Information Support

School and Pathway for Business
School Pathway
Calera High Business, Management, & Administration
Chelsea High Business, Management, & Administration
Montevallo High Business, Management, & Administration
Oak Mountain High Business, Management, & Administration
Shelby County High Business, Management, & Administration
Vincent Middle High Business, Management, & Administration

Education and Training

Students in education and training learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs. Superintendent, principal or administrator, Teacher or instructor, Preschool or kindergarten teacher, Clinical, developmental or social psychologist, Social worker, Counselor, Teacher assistant, Parent educator, Child care worker, Coach, Recreation worker, Sign language interpreter

School and Pathway for Education
School Pathway
Shelby County High School Teaching & Training


Students in finance learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs. Accountant, Auditor, Development officer, Financial analyst, Treasurer, Controller, Economist, Budget analyst, Personal financial advisor

School and Pathway for Finance
School Pathway

Government & Public Administration

Executing governmental functions to include Governance; National Security; Foreign Service; Planning; Revenue and Taxation; Regulation; and Management and Administration at the local, state, and federal levels. Governance; National Security; Foreign Service; Planning; Revenue and Taxation; Regulation; Public Management and Administration

School and Pathway for Government
School Pathway
Vincent Middle High Army JROTC

Health Science

Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. Therapeutic Services; Diagnostic Services; Health Informatics; Support Services; Biotechnology Research and Development

School and Pathway for Health Sciences
School Pathway
Career Technical Educational Center Biomedical Science
Career Technical Educational Center Therapeutic Services
Chelsea High Therapeutic Services
Helena High Sports Medicine

Hospitality & Tourism

Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services. Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services; Lodging; Travel & Tourism; Recreation, Amusements & Attractions

School and Pathway for Hospitality
School Pathway
Career Technical Educational Center Culinary Arts: Restaurant, Food & Beverage Service
Montevallo High Culinary Arts: Restaurant, Food & Beverage Service

Human Services

Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs. Early Childhood Development & Services; Counseling & Mental Health Services; Family & Community Services; Personal Care Services; Consumer Services

School and Pathway for Human Services
School Pathway
Career Technical Educational Center Cosmetology
Calera High Food, Wellness, and Dietetics
Oak Mountain High Food, Wellness, and Dietetics
Shelby County High Food, Wellness, and Dietetics

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. Correction Services; Emergency and Fire Management Services; Security & Protective Services; Law Enforcement Services; Legal Services

School and Pathway for Public Safety
School Pathway
Career Technical Educational Center Emergency & Fire Management
Career Technical Educational Center Law Enforcement & Legal Services


Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Production; Manufacturing Production Process Development; Maintenance, Installation & Repair; Quality Assurance; Logistics & Inventory Control; Health, Safety and Environmental Assurance

School and Pathway for Manufacturing
School Pathway
Career Technical Educational Center Robotics / Electronics

Marketing, Sales & Service

Planning, managing, and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. Management and Entrepreneurship; Professional Sales and Marketing; Buying and Merchandising; Marketing Communications and Promotion; Marketing Information Management and Research; Distribution and Logistics; E-Marketing

School and Pathway for Marketing and Sales
School Pathway
Helena High Marketing
Oak Mountain High Marketing

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services. Engineering and Technology; Science and Math

School and Pathway for Engineering and Technology
School Pathway
Chelsea Middle Project Lead The Way - Robotics
Oak Mountain High Project Lead The Way - Engineering
Oak Mountain Middle Project Lead The Way - Robotics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional and technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance. 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

School and Pathway for Logistics
School Pathway
Career Technical Educational Center Automotive Technology
Career Technical Educational Center Collision Repair

Resources - States’ Career Clusters Initiative, 2007,

updated 01-19-22

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