Explore Career Pathways

The pathways below are broad job categories. They may serve as a starting point in thinking about which direction you'd like to take your career.

Arts and Communication

Are you a creative thinker? Are you imaginative, innovative, and original? Do you like to communicate ideas? Do you like making crafts, drawing, playing a musical instrument, taking photos, or writing stories? This may be the career path for you!

Sample Michigan Hot Jobs

  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
    Average wage
    $140,760/year
  • Commercial or Industrial Designers
    Average wage
    $70,540/year

Business/ Management/ Marketing and Technology

Do you enjoy being a leader, organizing people, planning activities, and talking? Do you like to work with numbers or ideas? Do you enjoy carrying through with an idea and seeing the end product? Do you like things neat and orderly? Would you enjoy balancing a checkbook, follow- ing the stock market, holding an office in a club, or surfing the Internet? This may be your career path!

Sample Michigan Hot Jobs

  • Accountants and Auditors
    Average wage
    $70,500/year
  • Computer Network Support Specialists
    Average wage
    $55,120/year
  • Computer Systems Analysts
    Average wage
    $88,740/year
  • Computer User Support Specialists
    Average wage
    $50,210/year
  • Web Developer
    Average wage
    $69,430/year

Engineering/ Manufacturing and Industrial Technology

Are you mechanically inclined and practical? Do you like reading diagrams and blueprints, and drawing building structures? Are you curious about how things work? Would you enjoy painting a house, repairing cars, wiring electrical circuits, or woodworking? This may be the career path for you!

Sample Michigan Hot Jobs

  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers
    Average wage
    $42,730/year
  • Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
    Average wage
    $46,360/year
  • Carpenters
    Average wage
    $46,590/year
  • Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
    Average wage
    $52,550/year
  • Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
    Average wage
    $73,154/year

Health Sciences

Do you like to care for people or animals who are sick or help them stay well? Are you interested in diseases and in how the body works? Do you enjoy reading about science and medicine? Would it be fun to learn first aid or volunteer at a hospital or veterinary clinic? This may be your career path!

Sample Michigan Hot Jobs

  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
    Average wage
    $53,165/year
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
    Average wage
    $59,696/year
  • Massage Therapists
    Average wage
    $41,420/year
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
    Average wage
    $48,090/year
  • Respiratory Therapist
    Average wage
    $60,280/year

Human Services

Are you friendly, open, understanding, and cooperative? Do you like to work with people to solve problems? Is it important to you to do something that makes things better for other people? Do you like to help friends with family problems? Do you like reading, storytelling, traveling, or tutoring young children? This could be your career path!

Sample Michigan Hot Jobs

  • Cosmetologists
    Average wage
    $24,900/year
  • Healthcare Social Worker
    Average wage
    $59,810/year

Natural Resources and Agriscience

Are you a nature lover? Are you practical, curious about the physical world, and interested in plants and animals? Do you enjoy hunting or fishing? Do you like to garden or mow the lawn? Are you interested in protecting the environment? This could be your career path!

Sample Michigan Hot Jobs

  • Agricultural Engineers
    Average wage
    $74,780/year