Below are comprehensive and standardized mapping of CIP codes and O*NET/SOC occupational codes into career clusters and career pathways. These products build upon the existing system mapping systems, but update, modify and expand as needed to meet several uses anticipated for Perkins IV implementation. Learn more about the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education's (NRCCTE) Crosswalk Validation Project.
The tables below are provided as Excel spreadsheets to give users ability to sort and extract information as needed. Many of the tables have built-in sorts on separate workbooks to help users more quickly locate information. There are also pre-set print setups for viewing and printing.
The three tables in this set map instructional programs and their corresponding CIP codes into each of the career clusters and career pathways, assigning each program to only one pathway. One table also contains which programs have been designated as leading to non-traditional occupations for males and females (determined from BLS occupational data mapped in the next set and utilizing the NCES Occupation to CIP crosswalk).
Table 1: CIPs in Pathways Download (PDF, 708 KB)
Contains a list of every CIP code organized by the one career pathway it best belongs in. There are some pathways that do not have any instructional programs assigned to them, as the assignment belongs more aptly in another pathway, given its description and the occupations it prepares for.
Table 2: CIP-Pathway-Cluster Download (Excel, 369 KB)
Takes the information in Table 1 and presents it as a matrix with each CIP code as assigned to a career pathway, and consequently to a career cluster. Information is sorted by CIP in one workbook and by Pathway in another.
Table 3: CIP-Nontrad-Cluster-Pathway Download (Excel, 110 KB) | Download (PDF, 1 MB)
This matrix repeats the Table 1 assignments, and for each CIP also depicts whether it is an instructional program that has been designated as leading to a nontraditional occupation for males or for females. Information is sorted by CIP in one workbook and by Pathway in another. In addition, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) has coded every line indicating if the CIP is nontraditional and is now included in a third workbook.
These tables should be used for present and future data reporting expected under Perkins IV, including student enrollment by career cluster and the designation of students for non-traditional participation and completion accountability indicators.
These two tables map O*NET and SOC occupations into each of the career clusters and career pathways, assigning each occupation to only one pathway. One table also contains which occupations have been designated as non-traditional for males and females using 2006 BLS data.
Table 4: O*NETs in Pathways Download (Excel, 166 KB)
Contains a list of every CIP code organized by the one career pathway it best belongs in. There are some pathways that do not have any occupations assigned to them, as the assignment belongs more aptly in another pathway, given its description and the occupations it prepares for.
Table 5: SOC-O*NET-Nontrad-Cluster-Pathway Download (PDF, 980 KB)
Is a matrix that takes the assignment of O*NET occupations to pathways and provides information on each occupation's pathway, cluster, the Standard Occupational Classification it belongs in, and whether each occupation is considered non-traditional for males and for females, based on 2006 data collected using SOC coding. Information is sorted by O*NET in one workbook and by pathway in another.
These tables should be used for planning and administrative purposes where double-counting of students or the jobs that employ them might lead to erroneous conclusions. This includes the prioritization of programs of study by pathway and/or cluster using labor market information (number of jobs, expected openings, high-skill/high-wage/high-demand occupations), and some economic development applications, such as determining the number of jobs that are likely to be available for those being trained in various pathways and clusters.
This table maps O*NET and SOC occupations into each of the career clusters and career pathways, assigning each occupation and each instructional program to all career pathways to which they might apply, and hence all career clusters.
Table 6: Cluster-Pathway-CIP-SOC-O*NET Download (Excel 3.7 MB)
Is meant to replace previous versions of the Master Mapping Table which contained old CIP codes, out-dated assignment of CIP codes to career clusters, old career cluster names, no information on career pathways and several coding systems that are no longer used. The new table provides all career clusters, career pathways, O*NET occupations and SOC occupations for every CIP-coded instructional program, and similarly all clusters, pathways and instructional programs for every occupation.
The matrix is sorted six different ways in separate workbooks. This table maintains the specific codes and one-to-one crosswalks currently provided via the National Center on Education Statistics, the National Crosswalk Center and the U.S. Department of Labor. The value in this update is the addition of pathway information, and the bringing together of all the underlying, current codes in one place.
These sets of tables should be used for all other purposes where double-counting of students or the jobs that employ them is not a concern. This includes most student-oriented uses, including career guidance and job placement. It is also suggested for the development of curriculum-planning guides that outline all of the jobs that might be obtained through various pathways and clusters, and for the more precise identification of the occupational specific skills that are associated with each pathway and cluster, via detailed O*NET information. Table 6 should not be used for Perkins IV reporting, as it often maps both instructional programs and occupations into more than one career cluster. The other tables were developed for this purpose.
One additional table was extracted from these underlying data sets in order to meet the needs of national Perkins projects that are anticipated as implementation gets underway. This might also be useful at the state and local level.
Table 7: Cluster-Pathway-SOC-CIP Download (PDF, 368 KB)
Combines information from the first two data sets into one table. It uses SOC as the underlying occupational code so labor market information can be readily attached to pathways and clusters. It lists the CIP codes primarily assigned to each pathway but does not further assign them to particular occupations.
Table 7 serves as the primary underlying structure for the technical skill assessment inventory. It organizes 1) assessments that are related to an occupation, such as licenses, most industry certifications and national occupational tests, and 2) assessments related to an instructional program such as state-developed end-of-program assessments, end-of-course assessments that are part of a program of study designated by a CIP code, and industry certifications that do not lead to specific occupations. It should be used for reporting progress towards gold-level technical skill assessments by career cluster. This table might be more convenient to use for planning and administrative purposes, when both instructional programs and occupations need to be considered and where double-counting of students or the jobs that employ them is a concern. One potential application is the prioritization of programs of study and/or technical skill assessment development according to which clusters or pathways have more students, lead to more jobs or lead to jobs that are high skill, high wage or high demand.
2006 crosswalk of BLS occupations reported to be nontraditional to NCES CIP Codes and Education Program titles to USDOE Career Clusters to USDOE Pathways.
Nontraditional Occupations for Females and Males from 2006 BLS Data Download (Excel, 185 KB)
Nontraditional Occupations for Females from 2006 BLS Data Download (Excel, 149 KB)
Nontraditional Occupations for Males from 2006 BLS Data Download (Excel, 53 KB)
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