Support Students with Career-Learning Resources

Educators and counselors play a critical role in helping students explore careers, identify a career plan, and build the skills they will need for future success. We know you can’t do it alone! The resources in this section are designed to support the critical career-learning work you do in the classroom.

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Pathway

Careers in production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities

Information Solutions

Careers in arts, audio, video, technology, communication, and information technology

Applied Sciences, Technology, Engineering, & Manufacturing

Careers in architecture, construction, manufacturing, STEM, and transportation

Health Sciences

Careers in therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research

Human Services

Careers in education, human services, hospitality and tourism, government and public administration, law, public safety, corrections, and security

Business, Finance, Marketing, & Administration

Careers in business management and administration, finance, and marketing

Explore Career Pathways

All careers are organized into six career clusters that are then broken down into 16 career pathways. To assist students in their career search,  have them consider their interests in the first six categories and then dig deeper into the various careers that are a part of that category. Students can consider which careers are in high demand,  how much education they will need, and what their likely paycheck will be. Students should also consider their skills and what they enjoy doing.


Once students have a few career pathways that interest them, it’s time to explore how they can build their knowledge and skills in that pathway through job shadows, internships, in-school courses, and outside-of-school programs and camps.

Explore Career Pathways

Know Our High-Demand Careers

While we want every student to find their passion, we also want to make sure they know which careers are in high-demand in our region. Students who pursue these pathways and develop the required skills are likely to have job opportunities right here in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR).

Agricultural Engineer Bachelor’s Degree $49,000 Career Pathway →
Diesel Mechanic Associate’s Degree $40,000 Career Pathway →
Plumber High School Diploma $50,000 Career Pathway →
Farm Machinery Operator Certificate $35,000 Career Pathway →
Computer Software Developer Associate’s Degree $88,000 Career Pathway →
Health Info Technician Associate’s Degree $40,000 Career Pathway →
Financial Manager Bachelor’s Degree $102,000 Career Pathway →
Marketing Manager Bachelor’s Degree $94,000 Career Pathway →
Registered Nurse Bachelor’s Degree $60,000 Career Pathway →
Computer Research Scientist Master’s Degree $93,000 Career Pathway →

*Information provided by Emsi National data and Kirkwood Community College Regional Talent Forecast Data

Discover Classroom Resources

Explore the wealth of resources available to help your students achieve their educational and career goals through these local organizations.

Grant Wood AEA

Grant Wood AEA Media Center provides quality service and materials to support success for all learners. Resources include assistive technology; boxed, multiples, and leveled reading books; DVDs; professional journals; and access to a collection of 27 online resources.  Visit Site

Marion Community Promise

Community Promise connects kids with real careers through their Career Explore Program.  Visit Site


Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) is a nonprofit organization that assists students with multiple barriers to graduate from high school and/or successfully transition from high school to continued education and careers.  Visit Site


StairWay5 provides computer coding/programming, robotics, and engineering acceleration courses for youth, as well as summer camps and after-school STEM enrichment programs in the Iowa City area for elementary and junior high students.  Visit Site


New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that Iowa is known around the world for making big things happen. Visit Site

Workplace Learning Connection

WLC has developed age-appropriate programs to show younger students the relevance of classroom activities as they relate to the world of work.  Visit Site

Explore Manufacturing

The mission of the Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board is to work together as an industry to create an awareness of the careers within the Advanced Manufacturing industry and increase the pipeline of potential future workforce. Visit Site

Iowa STEM Council

STEM is a vital economic development advantage for quality job growth in Iowa, as STEM graduates are in great demand to meet current and future workforce needs. Created with the goal of increasing STEM interest and achievement, the Iowa STEM Council is a collaboration of bipartisan Iowa legislators, educators, business, nonprofits, students, and families focused on improving STEM opportunities and awareness in Iowa.  Visit Site

Ignite My Future in School

Ignite My Future in School is a comprehensive set of resources seamlessly integrating the principles of computational thinking across the curriculum and at home to give students the 21st century skills they need for future success.  Visit Site

ACE Learning Portal

ICR’s ACE Sector Board created an online portal designed to be a resource for educators and students and to create awareness about the architecture, construction, and engineering industry and careers available in the region.  Visit Site

Junior Achievement

Inspiring and preparing young people to succeed, Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa helps prepare today’s students for a bright future.  Visit Site

Advanced Manufacturing Portal

ICR’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector Board created an online portal designed to be a resource for educators and students and to create awareness about the manufacturing industry and careers available in the region.  Visit Site

Future Ready Iowa

Future Ready Iowa is a statewide initiative signed in by Executive Order that brings students, educators, and professionals together to foster work-based learning experiences that will jumpstart the next generation of the workforce by exposing them to different kinds of careers. Visit Site

Enhance Your Practice with Professional Development and Leadership

High-quality teaching and counseling are vital for student success. Explore elements of effective professional development and leadership critical for growing and supporting your career.

Through Ignite My Future, TCS and Discovery Education are partnering to ignite action on the critical role computational thinking plays in 21st century classrooms by empowering educators with world-class transdisciplinary learning resources.



The Iowa STEM Council offers many professional development opportunities, including through programs such as STEM Scale UpSTEM BEST, and Iowa STEM teacher externships.



New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that Iowa is known around the world for making big things happen.



Equipping teachers with knowledge and hands on experience allows for a classroom curriculum best aligned with the employer needs. The Marion Community Promise provides resources to empower teachers to be more knowledgeable in the classroom as they influence the career pathways of our future workforce.



Grant Wood Area Education Agency offers opportunities for professional learning to enhance professional skills and practices to improve student learning. These include a variety of courses for credit, workshops that offer the latest evidence-based professional learning for educators, parents and community partners, and paraeducator and substitute authorization training programs.



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