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KHS Career Fields


At Kearney High School, we have developed an intentional and supportive educational model that delivers robust career education to all of our students. This model includes appropriately assessing student strengths, career interests, and career codes through the use of a variety of assessment tools. This information is gathered and used by both students and staff to advise students on meaningful course selections and completion of programs of study. Our model also includes opportunities for contextualized learning, tailored career exploration, and application experiences. It is our goal to provide highly skilled students that can transition seamlessly from high school to college, tech school, or the workforce with certification needed to meet community and industry demands.

KHS Career Fields

    • Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

    • Business, Marketing, & Informational Technology

    • Communication & Fine Arts

    • Health Sciences

    • Human Sciences & Education

    • Skilled & Technical Sciences




Agribusiness Systems
Students prepare for careers in which they use technology to coordinate all activities that contribute to production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agriculture commodities.

Animal Systems
Students prepare for careers that study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of food and companion animals. They inspect and grade livestock food products, purchase livestock, or work in sales or marketing.

Plant Systems
Students prepare for careers in developing ways to improve the nutritional value of the aesthetic of plants and the quality of seeds. They use genetic engineering to develop pest and drought-resistant plants helping producers while conserving natural resources and maintaining the environment.

Natural Resources
Students prepare for careers that help to develop, maintain, and manage the forest and natural environment. Conservation scientists and foresters manage, develop, and help protect these natural resources.




Information Technology
Students are preparing for a career in the IT sector will discover ongoing opportunities to learn about and work with exciting new technologies that are transforming our world.  IT education can be obtained in four year colleges two-year community colleges, technical colleges and institutes, and high schools.  Even in times of economic downturn, there is still a large market for people with IT skills in organizations of all sizes.  

Students are preparing for careers in the financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management.  
Students are preparing for careers in planning, managing and performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives.

Business Management and Administration
Students are preparing for careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.  Career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy and require specific skills in organization, time management, customer service and communication.

Hospitality and Tourism
Students are preparing for careers in the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services.




Journalism and Broadcasting
Journalism and Broadcasting careers involve gathering information, preparing stories, and making broadcasts to inform the public about current events. Technical support workers install, test, repair, set up, and operate electronic equipment used to record and transmit radio, television, and cable programs as well as motion pictures. Engineers and supervisors oversee the technicians who operate and maintain the broadcasting equipment.

Performing Arts
Performing Arts careers include individuals, groups, and businesses involved in theatrical and musical performances, such as theatrical production companies, actors, agents for actors, costume design companies, and lighting and stage crews. Voice and instrumental musical performers and dancers are also included in this pathway.

Visual Arts
Visual Arts careers are generally categorized into two groups - fine art and commercial art. Fine artists include painters and sculptors working with mediums such as oils, acrylics, pen and ink, clay, and computers. Commercial artists provide services to clients such as corporations, retail stores, and advertising firms.




Health Sciences
Preparation for a career in this cluster includes: Health Sciences, Exploring Clinical Lab, Medical Terms, Biotechnology, Advanced Health Science, Health Information Technology, Introduction to Sports Medicine, Personal and Community Health Issues, Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B),  Medication Aide and Clinical Nutrition

Emergency Medical Technician/Support Services/Med Aide/Certified Nurse Assistant
Students are preparing for a career that will provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Support Services offers a full range of career opportunities from entry-level to management, including technical and professional careers

Biotechnology Research and Development
Students prepare for careers studying diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.

Health Informatics
Students will prepare to occupy many different levels of health care-related employment. This pathway includes health care administrators who manage health care agencies as well as those individuals who are responsible for managing all of the patient data and information, financial information, and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.  




Child, Youth and Family Studies
Students are learning to help the homeless, housebound, and infirm cope with circumstances of daily living; counsel troubled and emotionally disturbed individuals; train or retrain the unemployed or underemployed; care for the elderly and the physically and mentally disabled; help the needy obtain financial assistance; and solicit contributions for various social services organizations.

Consumer Services
Students are preparing for careers that assist individuals with decisions and problems relating to finance, real estate, insurance, and consumer goods.

Counseling & Mental Health
Students are preparing for careers that assist people with personal, family, education, mental health, and career decisions and problems. Mental health care may be provided in hospitals, clinics, schools, or private settings.

Students are learning and preparing for careers in the clothing, fashion, or interior design industries as well as learning about Entrepreneurship.

Education and Training
Students are preparing for careers in providing, supporting, and managing the education and training of millions of learners. It encompasses ages from preschool through adults; varies from informal to formal settings; and provides for the skills necessary for initial entrance as well as updating skills to advance within the job or train for a different one.

Early Childhood Education
Students are learning to nurture and teach children. They provide services in childcare centers, nursery schools, preschools, public schools, private households, family childcare homes, and before- and after-school programs.




Architecture and Construction
Workers in Architecture and Construction prepare for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.  Workers employed in these fields work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations, and repairs.  

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Workers are exposed to careers and businesses involved in planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and products by road, air, rail, and water.  This includes related professional and technical support services such as infrastructure planning and management, logistic services, and the maintenance of mobile equipment and facilities.

Workers are prepared for careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products.  Also included are related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering.  

Energy and Engineering
Workers will be involved in planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services including laboratory and testing services, and research and development.