CTE Industry Sectors and Pathway Programs

CTE courses are organized into pathway programs, which are distinct sequences of courses within a student's area of career interest. Pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications, and/or a career. Each pathway program fits within one of 15 industry sectors defined by the California Department of Education.

The California Department of Education has established model curriculum standards for the following industry sectors and CTE pathway programs within each sector.

California Department of Education 15 Industry Sectors and Sub-Pathways
Industry Sector CDE-Definied Pathways

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agricultural Business
Agricultural Mechanics


Animal Science

Forestry and Natural Resources

Ornamental Horticulture

Plant and Soil Science

Arts, Media, and Entertainment*

Design, Visual, and Media Arts

Game Design and Integration

Performing Arts 

Production and Managerial Arts

Building and Construction Trades

Cabinetry, Millwork, and Woodworking

Engineering and Heavy Construction 

Mechanical Systems Installation and Repair

Residential and Commercial Construction

Business and Finance*

Business Management

Financial Services

International Business

Education, Child Development, and Family Services*

Child Development

Consumer Services


Family and Human Services

Energy, Environment, and Utilities

Environmental Resources

Energy and Power Technologies


Engineering and Architecture*

Architectural Design

Engineering Design

Engineering Technology

Environmental Engineering

Fashion and Interior Design*

Fashion Design and Merchandising

Interior Design

Personal Services

Health Science and Medical Technology*


Healthcare Administrative Services

Healthcare Operational Support Services

Mental and Behavioral Health
Patient Care

Public and Community Health

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation*

Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition

Food Service and Hospitality

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

Information and Communication Technologies*

Information Support and Services


Software and Systems Development

Games and Simulation

 Manufacturing and Product Development

Graphic Production Technologies

Machining and Forming Technologies

Product Innovation and Design

Welding and Materials Joining

Marketing Sales and Service

Entrepreneurship/Self Employment


Professional Sales

Public Services*

Emergency Response

Legal Practices

Public Safety



Structural Repair and Refinishing

Systems Diagnostics and Service

* Indicates sectors with courses in PAUSD