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Career Spotlight: Education

A career in Education can be a very rewarding one. Helping others learn and gain a passion for knowledge is one of the most noble services one can provide to others. Careers in education require great interpersonal skills, acute communication abilities, specialized knowledge in certain subject areas (for teachers), punctuality, and high attention to detail. Teachers in elementary and preschools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and beyond are vital members of the workforce, and school administrators, tutors, and others help to round out the education picture. Many educators work in classroom environments, though a great many now teach courses online and also write supplemental materials and journal articles for publication. Classroom hours usually adhere to a set schedule, but many educators also work nights and weekends to plan classes and assignments and grade papers and tests.
 

Degrees, Training, or Certifications Required for Education Careers

  • Pre-school teachers have various educational requirements, depending on your state. Some states require only a high school diploma while others require an Associate Degree in early childhood education or a Bachelor's Degree. Some states require licensure or certification.
  • Elementary school teachers need a Bachelor's Degree in education or another discipline and must pass a state teaching licensure examination.
  • Middle school teachers need a Bachelor's Degree in education or another discipline and must pass a state teaching licensure examination.
  • High school teachers need a Bachelor's Degree in education or another discipline and must pass a state teaching licensure examination.
  • Community college teachers and technical and vocational school teachers need a Bachelor's Degree in the field in which they plan to teach and must pass a state teaching licensure examination.
  • College and university professors and graduate school professors need either a Master's Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their area of expertise.
  • School Principals usually need a Master's Degree in education or education administration.

 

Career Areas for Education Careers

Education careers span many areas. Some common career areas include:

  • Pre-school teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Early childhood education
  • Adult education
  • Teen education
  • Literacy education
  • Middle school teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Community college teacher
  • College or University teaching assistant (TA)
  • College or University Professor
  • Graduate school professor
  • School principle
  • School secretary
  • School administrator

 

Potential Earnings and Job Projections for Education Careers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for preschool teachers in 2010 was $25,700 per year or greater, with an expected employment increase of 25 percent between 2010 and 2020. The median annual salary for elementary school teachers was $51,380, with expected job growth of 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. Middle school teachers had an annual median salary of $51,960, with a growth rate of 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. High school teachers had an annual median salary of $53,230, with a projected growth rate of 7 percent between 2010 and 2020. Community college and technical/vocational school teachers had an annual median salary of $53,920 with no change in the job growth rate expected between 2010 and 2020. College and university professors had an annual median salary of $62,050 with a job growth rate of 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. School principals had an annual median salary of $86,970 with a job growth rate of 10 percent between 2010 and 2020.
 

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