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Career Fields
What are career fields?

Career fields are ways of categorising different types of jobs/careers, based on common similarities and skills needed. These categories are designed to help students hone in on an area/field that they feel they would like to find out more about, and what jobs and careers are available in the area that could be experienced. For those students that don’t have a clear direction of careers travel currently, the career field choices help to narrow down a vast aray of opportunity.

There are 13 Career Fields. Under each field, a brief explanation of the roles, and opportunity, along with examples of the jobs/careers that fall under that career field.

Architecture and Engineering

People in the architecture and planning fields are responsible for designing new structures or creating aesthetically pleasing, practical and structurally sound environments. Many positions require an undergraduate or graduate degree. Jobs in this field include:

  • Architect
  • Civil engineer
  • Landscape architect
  • Sustainable designer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Landscape Designers
  • Marine Industry/ Boat Managers
Arts, Culture and Entertainment

This career field is dedicated to enriching people’s lives through culture and the sharing of arts and self-expression. Typically, these roles have people who are self-disciplined, have a keen eye for detail and design and are likely to have a natural talent in that area. Jobs in this field include:

  • Singer/songwriter
  • Music producer
  • Art curator
  • Animator/video game designer
  • Filmmaker
  • Graphic designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Photographer
Business, management and administration

The business, management and administration career fields are best for business-minded individuals with good communication skills. They are self-disciplined and able to work and operate across a range of processes or outcomes within the world of business. It usually involves working in an office environment. Here are some of the positions in this field:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Assistants
  • Accountants
  • Secretary / Personal Assistants.
  • Entrepreneur/small business owner
  • Estate Agents / Travel Agents
  • Business Development Manager
  • Bank Managers

The communications career field is about mastering the art of delivering a targeted message to diverse groups of people. Some positions in this field include:

  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Communications Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Event Planners
  • Social Media Manager
  • Brand & Advertising Roles.
Community and social services

The community and social services career field includes jobs and career paths that offer tangible support to people and communities to ensure that they can function day to day or help enrich the lives of others. Based in ideals of social justice and equality, this career path is for people who want to make a difference in other people’s lives and improve social systems and services. Some jobs in this field include:

  • School counsellor
  • Speech pathologist
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Social worker
  • Child Welfare social worker
  • Palliative and hospice care worker
  • Charity manager/lead.
  • Care workers.
  • Child minder/ Nursery Nurse.
  • Taxi / Lorry/Bus Drivers

The education field is dedicated to the art of skilfully disseminating knowledge and information to others. The most obvious job in this field are teachers, but it is not just limited to teaching. There are also management, administrative and board member jobs, for example. Here are some jobs you can find in this field:

  • Special Education Needs Teacher (SENDCo)
  • School Principal/Headteacher
  • Primary & Secondary Teachers
  • College Lecturers
  • School Librarian
  • Student Support Roles
Science and technology

Science and technology is a diverse career field that generally involves scientific research and the development of innovative technologies that benefit of all. Scientific professions often involved some degree of mathematics or computer science knowledge. These professions all belong to this career field:

  • Archaeologist
  • Software Engineer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Physicist
Installation, repair and maintenance

The installation, repair and maintenance career field is dedicated to helping customers operate machinery or have machinery operated for them. Workers in this field have a vast knowledge of their trade. They help to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair a variety of different items in the modern world. Jobs in this career field include:

  • Car mechanics
  • Landscaper and groundskeeper
  • Alternative Fuel Technician
  • Plumber, Builder, Electrician
  • Marine and Boat Building
Farming, fishing and forestry

The farming, fishing and forestry career fields are ideal for people who enjoy the outdoors. Providing food for people, this career field is an essential part of society. These professions work directly with ecosystems and manage them in various ways. People get the opportunity to be close to wildlife and nature. It includes the growing and harvesting of plants and animals. Jobs in this career field include:

  • Agricultural Worker/ Farmer
  • Animal Breeder
  • Nursery (Plant) Worker
  • Forest and Conservation
  • Fisher
  • Land Management
  • Equine & Stable Hands

The government career-field comprises of roles where you work directly with government both local and national. It is a diverse career-field with a variety of different roles. Typically, people wanting roles in this field of work, are wanting to try to make fundamental changes for the better to both their local area or nationally for all. These roles need a love for government and politics. Jobs in government can include:

  • Town Council roles.
  • Mayors
  • Politicians & MP’s
  • State owned business manager (Post Office Manager)
  • Mail carrier
  • Military / Serviceman/women
  • Police / Fire Service
Health and medicine

This career profession involves healthcare services that provide care for people. They are an essential part of our society. This professional field often requires specialized training and certification. Here are some examples of professions in health and medicine:

  • Doctors  / GP’s
  • Physiotherapist / Radiographers
  • Dentists / Dental Nurses
  • All Nursing professions
  • Veterinarian’s
  • Animal Care Assistants
Law and public policy

Within the law and public policy field, the variety of occupations include criminal justice, public policy advocacy and political lobbying. This career field comprises all the employment sectors. You can find a job in government, non-profit, thinktanks and large for-profit companies. Here are some jobs in this career field:

  • Town Planning
  • Public administrator
  • HM Court Roles
  • HM Prison roles
  • Paralegal
  • Lawyer
  • Labour/ Job centre Roles/Managers

Choosing a career path in sales involves working to sell items or services to individuals and businesses. People require in-depth knowledge of what they are selling. This field is customer service oriented and it often helps to have good interpersonal skills. Jobs in this career field include:

  • Sales Assistant / Shop Attendant
  • Sales Development Rep
  • Pharmaceutical Reps.
  • Account Executive
  • Regional Sales Manager

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