The Importance of Career Education

According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 60 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2018. While the path to employment for many has been a bachelor's or an associate's degree, there are a wide variety of other postsecondary and industry-recognized credentials that provide a pathway to success for our District's youth. This page contains information on the District's priority career sectors, its secondary school career education programs, and postsecondary career education options in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Priority Career Sectors

In 2013 the District of Columbia's Career and Technical Education Task Force released its report, "Strengthening the Pipeline to College and Careers: a Strategic Plan for Career and Technical Education in the District of Columbia." In this report the Task Force identifies 70 priority occupations within 12 priority career sectors for the District of Columbia. This classification contains the District's most promising occupational fields, in which high wage/high demand careers are found. Please click the links below for more information on each priority career sector and associated occupations.

List of Priority Career Sectors

Secondary School Options

Students of the District of Columbia Public and Public Charter Schools have a plethora of career education options available to them. This directory lists the schools within DCPS and Charter LEAs that offer career pathways and/or Microsoft IT Academies; additionally, it contains a listing of the NAF Career Academies.

List of Secondary School Options

Post Secondary School Options

Career Navigator

The Career Navigator, an interactive tool that takes you through a brief Career Assessment to show you not only the career paths that fit you, but how best to go about pursuing them. Start exploring!