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Michigan Pathways: Occupational Information

Michigan’s Career Pathways are six broad groupings of careers that share similar characteristics and that require many common interests, strengths, and skills. In elementary school, students learn about these pathways and are encouraged to look at careers in all of them. In middle school, students continue to explore career pathways awareness and, in the eighth grade, they begin to assess their interests and to identify their top two or three pathway choices to guide them in choosing their high school course schedules. In high school, students develop Educational Development Plans articulating their personal education and career goals, including strategies and high school classes that will help them reach these goals.

The Career Pathways model uses a four-step process of assessment, exploration, decision-making, and planning. Michigan students and parents have free access to My Dream Explorer, an on-line tool from the Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS). This is the means by which they complete their EDPs, which are updated as their interests and abilities become more obvious and focused. Parents can review their child’s EDP by logging onto the mydreamexplorer site with him or her, using the student’s username and password.

The six Career Pathways are

  1. Arts and Communication
  2. Business, Management, Marketing, and Technology
  3. Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology
  4. Health Sciences
  5. Human Services
  6. Natural Resources and Agriscience

Alternatively, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed and regularly updated information on hundreds of career fields within the following broad categories:

  1. Management and business and financial operations occupations
  2. Professional and related occupations
  3. Service occupations
  4. Sales and related occupations
  5. Office and administrative support occupations
  6. Service Occupations
  7. Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations
  8. Construction trades and related workers
  9. Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations
  10. Production occupations
  11. Transportation and material moving occupations
  12. Job Opportunities in the Armed Forces

Each of the occupational listings describes the Nature of the Work; Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement; Employment [how and where]; Job Outlook; Projections Data; Earnings; Statistical Data; Related Occupations; and Sources of Additional Information.

Last updated 8 Apr 14