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Career Clusters

A/V Technology and Communications – Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

  • 3-D Visualization and Animation

  • Action Skills

  • Advertising Design

  • Audio/Radio Production

  • Broadcast News Production

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Arts and Communications

  • Digital Cinema Production

  • Employment Application Process

  • Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Graphic Communications

  • Graphic Imaging Sublimation

  • Interactive Application and Video Gaming

  • Job Interview

  • Job Skill Demonstration A

  • Job Skill Demonstration Open

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies

  • Photography

  • Pin Design

  • Prepared Speech

  • Screen Printing Technology

  • T-Shirt Design

  • Telecommunications Cabling

  • Television (Video) Production

  • Web Design

The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster provides food and raw material to the United States. In addition, agriculture also provides employment opportunities to a very large percentage of the population.

Architecture and Construction – Careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.

  • Architectural Drafting

  • Building Maintenance

  • Cabinetmaking

  • Carpentry

  • Electrical Construction Wiring

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)

  • Masonry

  • Plumbing

  • Sheet Metal

  • TeamWorks

  • Welding

  • Welding Fabrication

  • Welding Sculpture

Health Science – Planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development.

  • Basic Health Care Skills

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences

  • Dental Assisting

  • First Aid/CPR

  • Health Knowledge Bowl

  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

  • Medical Assisting

  • Medical Math

  • Medical Terminology

  • Nurse Assisting

  • Practical Nursing

The management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services.

  • Commercial Baking

  • Culinary Arts

  • Restaurant Service

Human Services – Preparing individuals for employment in Career Pathways Showcase that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

  • Barbering (demo)

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

  • Community Action Project

  • Community Service

  • Cosmetology

  • Esthetics

  • Nail Care

Information Technology – Building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical and professional careers related to the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems integration services.

  • Computer Programming

  • Cybersecurity (Technology demo)

  • Information Technology Services

  • Internetworking

  • Technical Computer Applications

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security – Planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services.

  • Crime Scene Investigation

  • Criminal Justice

  • Firefighting

  • Occupational Health and Safety

  • Action Skills

  • American Spirit

  • Chapter Business Procedure

  • Chapter Display

  • Community Action Project

  • Community Service

  • Customer Service

  • Employment Application Process

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Extemporaneous Speaking

  • Health Knowledge Bowl

  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio

  • Job Interview

  • Job Skill Demonstration A

  • Job Skill Demonstration Open

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies

  • Occupational Health and Safety

  • Outstanding Chapter

  • Prepared Speech

  • Principles of Technology

  • Promotional Bulletin Board

  • Quiz Bowl

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Arts and Communications

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Business Management Technology

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Health Sciences

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Human Services

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Natural Resources and Agriculture

Manufacturing – Planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.

  • Additive Manufacturing

  • Automated Manufacturing Technology

  • CNC Milling Technology

  • CNC Technician

  • CNC Turning Technology

  • Humanoid Robotics (demo)

  • Industrial Motor Control

  • Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology

  • Mechatronics

  • Mobile Robotics Technology

  • Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance

  • Robotics and Automation Technology

  • Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue

  • Technical Drafting

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – Planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

  • Career Pathways Showcase: Industrial Engineering Technology

  • Electronics Technology

  • Engineering Team Challenge (Middle School)

  • Engineering Technology / Design

  • Mobile Electronics Installation

  • Principles of Technology

  • Related Technical Math

Transportation Distribution and Logistics – Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail and water and related professional support services such as transportation infrastructure planning and management, logistics services, mobile equipment and facility maintenance.

  • Automotive Refinishing Technology

  • Automotive Service Technology

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology

  • Collision Damage Appraisal (Demo)

  • Collision Repair Technology

  • Diesel Equipment Technology

  • Marine Service Technology

  • Motorcycle Service Technology

  • MLR (Maintenance Light Repair) (Technology demo)

  • Power Equipment Technology


Advertising Design (HS & C/PS)
Architectural Drafting (HS & C/PS)
Automated Manufacturing Technology (HS & C/PS)
Automotive Service Technology (HS & C/PS)
Broadcast News Production (HS & C/PS)
Cabinet Making (HS & C/PS)
Carpentry (HS & C/PS)
CNC Technician (HS & C/PS)
Collision Repair Technology (High School)
Commercial Baking (HS & C/PS)
Computer Programming (HS & C/PS)
Cosmetology (HS)
Cosmetology Long Hair (State only contest) (S)
Culinary Arts (HS & C/PS)
Customer Service (HS & C/PS)
Diesel Equipment Technology (HS & C/PS)
Digital Cinema Production (HS & C/PS)
Electrical Construction Wiring (HS & C/PS)
Esthetics (HS & C/PS)
Extemporaneous Speaking (HS & C/PS)
Industrial Motor Control (HS & C/PS)
Information Technology Services (HS & C/PS)

Internetworking (HS & C/PS)
Job Interview (HS & C/PS)
Job Skill Demonstration – A (HS & C/PS)
Job Skill Demonstration – Open (HS & C/PS)
Marine Service Technology (HS & C/PS)
Mobile Robotics (HS & C/PS)
Photography (HS & C/PS)
Pin & T-Shirt Contest (HS & C/PS)
Plumbing (HS & C/PS)
Power Equipment Technology (HS & C/PS)
Prepared Speech (HS & C/PS)
Promotional Bulletin Board (HS & C/PS)
Related Technical Math (HS & C/PS)
Restaurant Service (HS & C/PS)
Robotics and Automation Technology (HS & C/PS)
Technical Computer Applications (HS & C/PS)
Technical Drafting (HS & C/PS)
Telecommunications Cabling (HS & C/PS)
TV / Video Production (HS & C/PS)
Welding (HS & C/PS)
Welding Fabrication (HS & C/PS)
Welding Sculpture (HS & C/PS)

State Contests Trade Areas

Prepare for the Competition

1. Liability Release Form

Fill out and submit SkillsUSA Conference Registration and Liability form.


2. Resume

Prepare your resume (see example).


3. Study Guide

Review study guide and prepare for the Professional Development test.


4. Uniforms

Order your uniforms.


4A. Cosmetology Uniforms

Order your cosmetology uniforms.


5. Governing Rules

Check out the Governing Rules of the competition.


6. Technical Standards

Find and read through the Technical Standards for your trade area.

External Link

7. Competition Updates

Keep up to date on competition updates.

External Link

8. Competition Codes

Registration codes and numbers


National Technical Standards PDFs

SkillsUSA members holding hands and wearing medals

State Conferences

State and local competitions and conferences are managed at the state level, not by the national organization. Winning a SkillsUSA state competition gold medal is like winning the Super Bowl!

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