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Learning About Career Clusters

A career cluster is a group of careers that share common features. If you like one job in a cluster, you will probably find other jobs in that cluster that you will like as well.

Here is an Example:

The health science career cluster includes jobs that focus on wellness, nutrition, medicine, injury, disease, health technology, and hundreds of other subjects.

Check out the picture below to see what all 16 Career Clusters are!

                            Career Clusters

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pathway programs in high school

Did you know that you can start learning, get training, and gain new skills in a specific career area during high school?!  Six high schools in Twin Rivers School District have CTE programs.

CTE stands for Career Technical Education.  These programs focus on a special area of study such as the arts or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and some have Academies which are schools-within-a-school.  CTE programs provides career, college, and workforce preparation for high school students, and include  advanced training and the upgrading of existing skills.  Below are links to videos about the CTE pathways that are available at Grant and Rio Linda high school. 

You can see a list of all the schools that offer CTE pathways by going to the College-Get Ready! tab and clicking the link. 

Below are different Career Clusters with tabs for jobs found in that cluster.  You can click on the tab to read about each job or watch one of the videos.  If a specific job you are interested in does not have a video you can scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the button to search more careers.

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List of Pathways at each school


CTE Pathway                          

Digital Media
Creative Connections Arts Academy (CCAA)
Building Trades
Foothill High School (FHS)
Foothill High School (FHS)
Digital Media
Foothill High School (FHS)
Sports Medicine
Foothill High School (FHS)
Grant Union High School (GUHS)
Computer Science
Grant Union High School (GUHS)
Criminal Justice Academy
Grant Union High School (GUHS)
Digital Media
Grant Union High School (GUHS)
GEO Academy
Grant Union High School (GUHS)
Sports Health Academy
Grant Union High School (GUHS)
Theater Production
Grant Union High School (GUHS)
Digital Media
Highlands High School (HHS)
Highlands High School (HHS)
Agriscience Academy
Rio Linda High School (RLHS)
Agricultural Mechanics
Rio Linda High School (RLHS)
Rio Linda High School (RLHS)
Rio Linda High School (RLHS)
TV & Video Production
Rio Linda High School (RLHS)
Building Trades
Vista Nueva High School (VNHS)
Work Experience
FoothillHS, Grant Union HS, Rio Linda HS, and Highlands HS

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health careers

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Registered Nurse

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.


Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.


Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

Dental Hygienist

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

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Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies where life, property, or the environment is at risk.  

Child Care Provider

Childcare workers attend to the basic needs of children, such as dressing, feeding, and overseeing play.


Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes.

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Hardware Engineer

Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

Software Developer

Develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team. May supervise computer programmers.

Web Developer

This career video provides day-in-the-life information about jobs, occupations, and tasks related to Web Developer positions including Web, Software, Content, and Front end Designers, Developers, Engineers, Architects, Coordinators, Supervisors, Managers, Directors.

Video Game Designer

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

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Fashion Designer

Fashion designers create clothing, accessories, and footwear.  Fashion designers work in wholesale or manufacturing establishments, apparel companies, retailers, theater or dance companies, and design firms. Most fashion designers work in New York and California.


Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images.  Working conditions for photographers vary by specialty. Some photographers travel for photo shoots, working either indoors or outdoors. Others work in studios; still others work in laboratories and use microscopes to photograph subjects.  


Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. Musicians and singers often perform in settings such as concert halls, arenas, and clubs. 






Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services.  Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists work mostly in a barbershop or salon. Physical stamina is important, because they are on their feet for most of their shift. Many work full time, but part-time positions are also common. 


Skincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance.  Skincare specialists usually work in salons and beauty and health spas, and some are self-employed. Although most work full time, many work evenings and weekends.

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body.  Massage therapists work in an array of settings, such as spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels, and fitness centers. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage.




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More Career Clusters & videos coming soon...