Parents & Students

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Data-Driven Decisions

Use our occupation data to help drive your decision about a career path. Discover which occupations are projected to be in top demand, what type of job roles are included in which industries, major local employers for each occupation group, and educational pathway options for each area.

Preparing students for their careers during high school is essential to ensure their successful transition into the professional world. High schools can offer a range of career-focused initiatives, such as career counseling, internships, vocational programs, and job-shadowing opportunities. This allows students to gain practical experience, explore different career paths, and develop crucial skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication. Additionally, high schools can provide resources for resume building, interview preparation, and job searching, equipping students with the necessary tools to navigate the job market. By offering comprehensive career preparation, high schools empower students to make informed decisions about their future, increase their employability, and embark on a fulfilling career path.

865 Academies

By creating career-themed academies at district high schools, the 865 Academies initiative will allow students to:

  • Participate in authentic, work-based learning;
  • Receive opportunities for job shadows and other career exploration activities;
  • Work closely with professionals in their field of interest; and
  • Create stronger connections between classroom knowledge and workplace success.


Land Grant Films has partnered with East Tennessee PBS to provide educational programming designed to reach a younger audience. Called JobPop, the series introduces children to jobs they may find interesting and explains what each profession does.

The series is practical in nature, allowing kids to see how an HVAC technician uses geometry during work or how a machinist measures things.

Skilled Trades

The benefits of a skilled trades path include higher pay following graduation, avoiding student loan debt, a quicker route to full-time employment, and entering in-demand industries. The total demand over the next 5 years for skilled trade positions around Knoxville is over 20,000 workers!

View in-demand trades, mean salaries, CTE program offerings, and training program options:


Interview Prep

The University of Tennessee Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration offers resources including commonly asked interview questions, how to ask questions during an interview, telephone and virtual interview scenario overviews, and interview attire.