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In Aerospace careers, workers apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of aircraft, space vehicles and their systems; applied research on flight characteristics, and the development of systems and procedures for the launching, guidance and control of air and space vehicles.

Participating Employers:

Aerojet Rocketdyne
Columbus Air Force Base
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Universal Asset Management (UAM)


The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Pathway focuses on supporting life by ensuring that we are responsibly managing our food production and natural resources. These areas supply us and many other countries with a wide variety of food products and non-food products, such as fibers, natural resources and nursery items. These fields contribute positively to our foreign trade balance, and they remain some of the nation’s larger industries in terms of total employment. This pathway focuses on preparing students for careers in planning, implementing, producing, managing, processing and marketing of agricultural goods and services.

Participating Employers:

Bienville Animal Medical Center
Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District
Mississippi 4-H
Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station
Mississippi Beef Council
Mississippi Delta Community College
Mississippi Farm Bureau
Mississippi Forestry Commission
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
MSU Coastal Research & Extension Center
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine
MSU Dept. of Animal and Dairy Science
MSU Dept. of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion
MSU Dept. of Poultry Science
MSU Dept. of Sustainable Bioproducts
MSU Extension Service
MSU School of Human Sciences
MSU Unmanned Aircraft Systems Institute
Natural Resources Conservation Service
University of Mississippi Field Station
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


Houses, apartments, factories, roads and bridges are some products of Architecture and Construction. This industry’s activities include designing and building structure, including site preparation, as well as adding and modifying existing ones. The industry includes landscaping, maintenance, repair and improvements of structures. To offset rising energy costs, some companies opt for new building or energy efficient renovations. “Green construction” is increasingly popular and involves making buildings as environmentally friendly as possible by using recyclable and earth-friendly products. Construction offers career opportunities for people with different talents and educational backgrounds. Career opportunities include managers, clerical workers, accountants, engineers, truck drivers, trades workers and construction helpers. This pathway prepares students for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining built environments. People employed in architecture and construction work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs.

Participating Employers:

Allred Architectural Group
Architecture South
B&B Concrete
Columbus Air Force Base
F L Crane
Fox Blocks
Home Depot
Ingalls Shipbuilding
McCarty Architects
McCarty King Construction
Mercier Landscaping
Mississippi Construction Education Foundation
Mississippi Delta Community College
Moore Community House
MP Design Group
MSU Dept. of Landscape Architecture
National Assoc. of Women in Construction
Naval Construction Battalion Center
Northeast Mississippi Community College Engineering Program
Pearl River Community College
Performance Contractors
Plan House Printing & Graphics
Prior & Morrow
Roy Anderson Corp.
Safety Source
Sherwin Williams
Sunbelt Rentals
Thompson Machinery
University of Southern Mississippi
Yates Construction


Information, communication, technology and rapid change are leading forces in the 21st century. These fields combine artistic expression and individual style with in-depth understanding of today’s state-of-the-art technologies. Strong communication and presentation skills make these career choices rewarding and profitable. Flexibility and innovation are commodities of the times. In today’s creative economy, the arts provide training and service for a workforce driven by innovation and communication. This career pathway focuses on courses of study that develop collaborative skills, creative thinking and an appreciation for diversity. The creative sector includes activities of nonprofit cultural organizations, commercial enterprises and professionals engaged in the applied arts. This career pathway covers arts, communication and design avenues, including the performing arts, fine art, graphic art design industries, the film and movie industry, broadcast journalism, corporate communications, social media and public relations.

Participating Employers:

3C: Creative Communications & Consulting
Delta News – WABG-TV & WXVT-TV
Journal, Inc.
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum
Tupelo Community Theater
Walter Anderson Museum of Art


Workers with the skill sets necessary for efficient Business Management and Administration operation fuel U.S. enterprises. Rewarding careers in this area of study can lead to a myriad of different companies and markets. Business Management and Administration professionals plan, direct, maintain and organize business operations for an organization. Business fundamentals serve as the foundation for all business pathways. Courses in business provide instruction in basic business skills and knowledge related to economic fundamentals, management, communications, finance, human relations, career development, ethics and business etiquette. This pathway prepares students for careers in planning, organization, directing and evaluation business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

Participating Employers:

Mississippi Delta Community College
Mississippi Small Business Development Center
Revamp Business Solutions
South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center
Sports Shack
USM School of Business


A vital part of everyone’s life, Education is the future of our economy. The amount and type of education that individuals receive is a major influence on both the jobs they are able to hold and their earnings. Lifelong learning is important in acquiring new knowledge and upgrading one’s skills, particularly in this age of rapid technological and economic change. This pathway focuses on preparing students for work in a variety of institutions that offer academic education, career and technical instruction, and other education and training to millions of student each year. This industry also includes institutions that provide training, consulting and other support services to schools and students, such as curriculum development, student exchanges and tutoring. Also included are schools or programs that offer non-academic or self-enrichment classes, including automobile driving and cooking instruction, among others.

Participating Employers:

Delta State University College of Education & Human Sciences
Early Years Network
Itawamba Community College
MSU College of Education
National Research & Training Center on Low Vision & Blindness
Northeast Mississippi Community College
University of Mississippi School of Education
University of Southern Mississippi


Each day of our lives is centered on Energy. Without energy, your morning would be very different — no alarm clock, hot water, hair dryer, stove, air conditioning, television or car. All of these appliances and devices depend on natural gas, electricity or oil. Challenges lie ahead about how we provide energy reliably in a growing world while minimizing negative impacts on the environment.

Participating Employers:

Atmos Energy
Blossman Gas
Coast Electric Power Association
Mississippi Delta Community College
Mississippi Power Company
New Albany Light, Water & Gas
Pontotoc Electric Power Association
Singing River Electric Power Association
Tombigbee Electric Power Association
Tupelo Water and Light
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)


Almost everything you see was designed by engineers or designers before being constructed. High-rise buildings, bridges and spaceships require the expertise of architects, engineers and designers. If you are interested in being part of something like designing a condo on the beach, or designing a ship, airplane or electronic device, consider a career in engineering or design. A successful career in this high-tech field requires people who are willing to take risks and question learning in order to discover and uncover news possibilities. Positions are available in a wide variety of workplaces, including hospitals, government agencies, corporate research and development departments, forensic laboratories and scientific classrooms.

Participating Employers:

Brown, Mitchell & Alexander, Inc.
Columbus Air Force Base
Engineers Without Borders Gulf Coast Chapter
Gulf Coast Robotics
Mississippi Delta Community College
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
Mississippi Power Company
MSU Bagley College of Engineering
MSU Engineering K-12 Outreach (BEST Robotics)
Orion Engineering
The Chemours Company
University of Mississippi School of Engineering
University of Mississippi STEM Engineering Camps
USM Polymer Science


The Finance industry deals with the management, investment, transfer and lending of money. Every company utilizes money, and the finance area is responsible for the handling of those funds. The industry itself is very large, encompassing everything from small local businesses and banks to the multinational corporations and investment banks regularly featured in news headlines. The finance career pathway prepares students for careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance and business financial management. There are several fields of study in this pathway, including corporate finance, financial planning, investment banking, insurance and real estate.

Participating Employers:

Bancorp South
BNA Bank
CB&S Bak
Charter Bank
Coastal Credit Union
Community Bank
Guaranty Bank
Hope Community Credit Union
Keesler Federal Credit Union
Merchants & Marine Bank
Navigator Federal Credit Union
Pam Brown State Farm
People’s Bank
Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Co.
Planter’s Bank & Trust
Regions Bank
Renasant Bank
Southern Bancorp
The First Bank
Trustmark Bank
Wells Fargo
Woodforest National Bank


The field of Government and Public Administration provides ample opportunity to help one’s fellow citizens. These jobs are vital to ensure governmental services reach the American people. Many of the positions facilitate assistance to citizens and conduct activities that are critical to the function of American society. Employees in government or public administration careers work to keep our society running and functioning in ways that are nearly invisible to most people. For instance, some of these tasks include safeguarding national borders and supporting diplomatic missions, as well as planning urban developments, administering public programs and analyzing tax policies. This pathway includes careers in governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue and taxation, regulation and management and administration at the local, state and federal levels.

Participating Employers:
Columbus Air Force Base
Lee County Circuit Clerk’s Office
Mississippi Dept. of Employment Security
Mississippi Economic Council Mississippi Scholars & Tech Masters
Office of Mississippi Secretary of State


Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the United States. Technological advances have made new procedures and methods of diagnosis and treatment possible. Clinical developments, such as infection control, less invasive surgical techniques, advances in reproductive technology and gene therapy for cancer treatment, increase longevity and improve the quality of life for many people. Advances in information technology improve patient care and worker efficiency. Information on vital signs and orders for tests are transferred electronically, eliminating the need for paper and reducing record keeping errors. Healthcare students prepare for careers promoting health and wellness and diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases. Some careers involve working with people, and others involve researching disease or collecting and formatting data and information. Settings include hospitals, medical offices, laboratories, communities, sports arenas or cruise ships.

Participating Employers:
Acadian Ambulance
Baptist Memorial Hospital
Columbus Air Force Base
Delta Regional Medical Center
Digestive Health Center
Doctor’s Specialty Pharmacy
Hancock Medical Center
Itawamba Community College
Keesler Medical Center
Magnolia Health Insurance
Magnolia Regional Health Center
Memorial Hospital
Merit Health Biloxi
Mississippi Dept. of Health Oral Health
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Mississippi Highway Patrol
Mississippi University of Women – Tupelo Campus
North Mississippi Health Systems
North Mississippi Health Systems – HealthWorks!
North Mississippi Medical Center
Northeast Mississippi Community College Dental Hygiene Program
Pediatric Dental Clinic
PRN Home Care
Saad Healthcare
Stone County Hospital
University of Mississippi School of Nursing
William Carey University College of Nursing and College of Osteopathic Medicine


As long as people have free time, they will pursue leisure activities. As leisure time and personal incomes grow across the nation, so will the hospitality industry. Leisure activities include theatrical activities, such as attending a cinema for a movie; going to a community theater for a play; enjoying gaming entertainment offered by casinos; or taking part in sporting activities, such as kayaking, tennis or surfing. Food services, restaurants and cocktail establishments are a widespread and familiar category within this industry. People travel for a variety of reasons, including vacations, business and visits to friends and relatives. Many travelers stay in hotels and seek accommodations while out of town. Resort and casino hotels offer activities to keep travelers and families occupied during their stay. This industry includes physical fitness facilities that feature exercise programs, gyms, health clubs and spas. This pathway introduces students to management, marketing and operation of restaurants, as well as lodging establishments and tourist attractions.

Participating Employers:
Bancorp South Arena and Conference Center
Beau Rivage
Chawla Motels
Hampton Inn
Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel
Super 8
Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wingate by Wyndham


The Human Services field relates to family and human needs. The work environment could vary from public schools to private child-care centers to personal households. At times, people need assistance to live full and productive lives. People need assistance finding a job, locating safe and adequate housing or getting nutritious food for their families. Human services help individuals and families become healthy and productive members of society. Assistance establishments provide services that include helping the homeless, counseling troubled individuals, training the unemployed and helping families obtain aid. Individuals in this industry work to improve the lives of the people they serve and to enrich communities. The services provided vary greatly, depending on the local population and its needs. This pathway prepares students for careers in social service agencies, community and civic organizations, child care and charities.

Participating Employers:

3C: Creative Communications & Consulting
American Red Cross
Back Bay Mission
Chris’s Beauty College
City of Tupelo Parks and Recreation
El Pueblo
Family Resource Center of North Mississippi
Mississippi Access to Care (MAC)
Mississippi Dept. of Rehabilitation Services
Northeast Mississippi Community College Early Childhood Education Technology Program
Salvation Army
Three Rivers Planning & Development District


Information Technology (IT) careers are available in every sector of the economy. IT manages the information and applications that office workers rely on to do their jobs. Careers in IT involve the design, development, support and management of hardware, software, multimedia and systems-integration services. The IT industry is a dynamic and entrepreneurial field continuing to have a revolutionary impact on the U.S. and world economies. IT specialists create products and set up and maintain systems. IT professionals focus on improving the usability and efficiency of technological systems and processes. Students in this pathway gain the basic foundation, skills and knowledge for computer networking, applications and support, along with an introduction to programming. Students develop skills to prepare for support certification exams and learn to develop , support and integrate computing systems. They acquire network planning and management skills and the ability to provide technical support.

Participating Employers:

Columbus Air Force Base
Double Quick


The fields of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security involve planning, managing and providing legal, public safety, protective and homeland security services and also include the professional and technical-support assistance of personnel within these fields. Careers in this field involve serving and/or protecting our citizens. Law, public safety, corrections and security workers are found in a variety of settings. This pathway prepares students for careers in such areas as criminology, legal studies, forensics and psychology.

Participating Employers:

Biloxi Fire Dept.
Biloxi Police Dept.
Columbus Air Force Base
Greenville Fire Dept.
Greenville Police Dept.
Gulfport Fire Dept.
Gulfport Police Dept.
Harrison Co. Emergency Management Agency
Harrison Co. Fire Dept.
Harrison Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
Lee Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers
Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Mississippi Highway Patrol
MS Security Police
Pascagoula Police Dept.
Transportation Security Administration
Tupelo Fire Dept.
Tupelo Police Dept.
University of Mississippi Center for Intelligence and Security Studies
Washington Co. Sheriff’s Dept.
William Carey University


Manufacturing is one of the oldest industries in the technological world. Manufacturing industries are the chief wealth-producing sectors of an economy. Manufacturing employs a huge share of the labor force and produces materials required by sectors of strategic importance, such as national infrastructure and defense. This pathway includes careers that manufacture products, maintain production facilities and improve the production process.

Participating Employers:

Cooper Tire
Ingalls Shipbuilding
Itawamba Community College
Lincoln Electric
Mars Food North America
Miller Electric
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
MSU Franklin Furniture Institute
MTD Products
Northeast Mississippi Furniture Industry
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi
University of Mississippi Center for Manufacturing Excellence
USG Interiors


Students thinking about careers in Marine Science often picture themselves working with whales. However, within the marine science field, only a few scientists specialize in that area. Marine biologists study the behavior and ecology of plants and animals that live in the ocean and their roles in the marine food chain. Oceanographers study the geological, chemical and physical aspects of the ocean. Ocean engineering covers the work of building and designing instruments, equipment, vehicles and structures used in the marine environment.

Participating Employers:

Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum
Mississippi Dept. of Marine Resources
Naval Oceanographic Office
USM School of Ocean Science and Technology


Advertisements in the newspaper, TV commercials, jingles on the radio, grocery store posters, bumper stickers, emails ads and Web sites are create as part of marketing campaigns to entice consumers to buy products. Marketing is the link between an organization and its target audience, which includes customers, clients, investors and partners. Marketers create, manage, enhance and sell products and services so that they reflect well on the company’s brand. A key part of a marketer’s job is to understand the needs, preferences and constraints that define the targeted consumers corresponding to the brand. This career pathway is a good fit for people who are creative or number-minded statisticians with the ability to communicate persuasively, to “think on their feet,” to use tact, to employ good judgment and to establish and maintain effective relationships with people at all levels within and outside the company.

Participating Employers:

Barnes & Noble
Beau Rivage
Best Buy
Biloxi Shuckers
Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty – Donna Lishen
Cooper Communications
D Wilson & Associates Publishing & Marketing
Geek Squad
Geiger Promotional Products
Humane Society of South Mississippi
Mississippi University of Women
Naval Construction Battalion Center
Pickering Firm, Inc.
Qualified Staffing
Robinson & Assoc.
Shamoon Advertising
Sprint Print
Sun Herald
Terrence Cummings Agency
The Focus Group
The KARD Group
Tulane University
Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast
Women’s Resource Center


Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) relates to how good s are moved from one place to another. As far as goods and services are concerned, our world is flat. TDL takes care of how we get Mississippi farm-raised catfish to Europe and how the latest Paris styles arrive in the United States. TDL industries need motivated people with new ideas to ensure the U.S. transportation system continues to work efficiently. This pathway includes the planning, management and movement of people, materials and products by road, air, rail and water. It also includes related professional and technical services, such as infrastructure planning and management, logistics and maintenance of equipment and facilities.,%20distribution%20and%20logistics

Participating Employers:

Coast Transit Authority
Columbus Air Force Base
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
Itawamba Community College
Mississippi Dept. of Transportation
Port of Gulfport
Walmart Logistics


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