Career Clusters

The Center for Career Exploration and Success organizes services, events, and communication around career clusters: groupings of common occupations that fall within broad career sectors. Career clusters allow you to focus your professional interests while you explore similar careers within broad industry categories. We urge you to consider your interests, skills, and preferences on work settings and job functions in relation to your occupational options and to acquire skills and experiences throughout college that would align to your career goals.

Our Beliefs

  • Major does not always dictate choice of occupation.
  • Transferable skills and meaningful experiences, such as experiential learning and immersive opportunities, often qualify Miami University graduates for multiple entry-level occupations nationally, globally, and across job sectors.
  • The Career Cluster model moves beyond helping students based solely on academic major but instead on the building blocks of employer/industry hiring practices.

Action Items

  • Meet with one of our highly trained career advisors to learn how to start the conversation with alumni or parents.
  • Update your profile in Handshake to ensure that your interest cluster(s) are filled out so you can stay informed about current opportunities in your cluster(s).
  • Join a club, organization or institute on campus to help build your skill set to make sure you’re competitive within this industry.
  • Connect on LinkedIn with Miami Alumni who work in your chosen cluster(s).
  • Research the Miami Alumni Connect platform to start the conversation with Miami alumni or parents in the industry by establishing a mentorship.
  • Review online resources that cater specifically to your chosen career cluster(s).

Top 10 Skills Employers Look for in Candidates

  • Problem-Solving
  • Ability to Work in a Team
  • Written Communication
  • Leadership
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Analytical/Quantitative
  • Verbal Communication
  • Initiative
  • Detail Oriented
  • Flexibility/Adaptability

*Collected from NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Miami's Career Clusters have been updated. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 513-529-3831 or email careercenter@MiamiOH.edu.

 

Accounting & Financial Services

Accounting & Financial Services

Description

Within this cluster, you will be able to engage in opportunities that are focused on the collection and classification of financial data for clients, businesses, and organizations. In addition, you will be able to address the ways in which money and assets are invested, distributed, and managed.

Possible Job Titles

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Accounting Officer
  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Auditor
  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Advisor/Planner
  • Real Estate Agent

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Economics & Data Analytics

Economics & Data Analytics

Description

Within this cluster, you will be able to engage in opportunities that explore conducting research and formulating plans to address the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services in the global economy. This cluster also explores how data and information can be used to inform decision-making.

Possible Job Titles

  • Actuary
  • Consultant
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economist
  • Forensic Economist
  • Health Researcher
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Professor
  • Project Economist
  • Research Analyst

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Arts, Communication, Media & Design

Arts, Communication, Media & Design

Description

The Arts, Communication, Media & Design Cluster focuses on careers that allow you to use creativity, expression, and imagination. This cluster explores avenues for utilizing interests within the arts, writing, design and similar creative fields in a variety of environments and industries. In this cluster/career path, you will spend time developing opportunities to showcase your work and projects, build portfolios, study and rehearse roles, and collaborate with various organizations and individuals.

Possible Job Titles

  • Actor
  • Architect
  • Art Director
  • Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Game Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Jounalist
  • Linguist
  • Marketing Strategist
  • Musician
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Writer
  • Curator
  • User Experience Design
  • Social Media Manager
  • Digital Media Buyer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Influencer
  • Museum Director

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Engineering & Technology

Engineering & Technology

Description

The Engineering & Technology Cluster focuses on careers that utilize research, development, and production to provide solutions and innovations for real-world situations. This cluster allows you to use and develop competencies in analysis, problem-solving skills, math, and science often in a hands-on capacity.

Possible Job Titles

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Process Controls Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Robotics Control Engineer
  • Material Engineer
  • Artificial Intelligence Engineer

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Law & Government

Law & Government

Description

The Law & Government Cluster navigates you through the process of how to shape and influence our communities and larger world we live in through the local, state, and federal level. This cluster explores ways you can utilize a passion for public service to discover careers in the government as well as legal organizations.

Possible Job Titles

  • Administrative Officer
  • Attorney
  • Central Intelligence Agent
  • Contractor
  • Diplomat
  • Director of Government Relations
  • Director of Public Policy
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Program Specialist

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Management, Sales & Consulting

Management, Sales & Consulting

Description

The Management, Sales & Consulting Cluster focuses on careers that involve solving business-related problems for organizations and creating value through the selling, management, and transportation of goods and services. This cluster explores ways you can utilize an interest in communication, persuasion, problem solving, and leadership to explore a wide variety of opportunities in industries that sell products and services to customers. Positions will vary widely depending on the type of organization and resource being sold.

Possible Job Titles

  • Account Executive
  • Athletic Director
  • Business Development Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Client Relations Manager
  • Consultant
  • Management Trainee
  • Salesperson
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Lead
  • Employment Services Coordinator

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Health & Science

Health & Science

Description

The Health & Science Cluster is for students interested in the well-being and healing of others as well as those interested in the environment, life and biological sciences. This cluster examines the origin, prevention, and treatment of diseases for both mental and physical conditions in humans. Additionally it explores, through research and engagement, the issues facing our planet, animals, and elements. Application of this cluster includes planning, managing, and providing services in healthcare, laboratory environments and/or natural parks and resources.

Possible Job Titles

  • Art Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Lab Technician
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • MRI Technologist
  • Physician
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Zoologist
  • Researcher
  • Naturalist
  • Park Ranger

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Education, Nonprofit & Human Services

Education, Nonprofit & Human Services

Description

The Education, Nonprofit & Human Services Cluster is for students with a desire to develop individuals of all ages through various instructional methods and/or therapeutic techniques and those who wish to utilize their passion for public service. This cluster has a focus and commitment to equality and social justice, critical thinking, and connecting communities and bringing institutions together. Research in this cluster examines learning styles and instruction techniques, as well as how to improve the human and environmental conditions through prevention and intervention. This includes the impact on businesses, organizations, or society in general. Application of this cluster includes planning, managing, and providing education, training and support services.

Possible Job Titles

  • Archivist
  • Coach
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Curator
  • Education Administrator
  • Executive Director
  • Librarian
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Translator
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Technical Writer
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Children Services Worker
  • Case Manager

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

 

Students Exploring

Students Exploring

Description

Many students are undecided about their future career path. Making a decision requires an understanding of personal interests and the exploration of various career pathways. You will have an opportunity to meet with one of the many career advisors trained to assist in the exploration process. You may also participate in a variety of activities associated with any number of career clusters.

Suggested activities to help explore Clusters

  • Meet With a Career Advisor
  • Attend one of the events of the Presidential Career and Leadership Series
  • Job Shadowing and Career Treks
  • Career Workshops, Events and Webinars
  • EDL 100: College Career Development Class
  • LinkedIn
  • Miami Alumni Connect

How to join a Cluster

Register within the profile section of Handshake.

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