Education continues to be a career with a future

There are three primary reasons education is a career with a future:

  1. Shortage of leaders in education
  2. Growth in the industry
  3. Job availability in every location

Because of a shortage of leaders in education, school districts have been forced to hire interim educators to pick up the slack so if you’ve ever been interested in being an educator, now may be the time.

There’s room to grow in the field of education; teaching is only the beginning.  The education field depends on IT professionals, curriculum developers, assistant superintendents for curriculum and finance, and nurses.

And it’s still a popular field for students and graduates alike.  It’s the fifth top major area of study, according to the Princeton Review. It was also the most popular master’s degree conferred in the 2009-2010 school year at 182,000 degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Education is still a popular career because a lot of people look at it as a calling.  Many people want to work with kids, and education provides the opportunity to work with students in a meaningful way.

Yes, high school teaching careers may be experiencing slow growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but other careers in education are still in high demand.

One area in particular – special education – is projected to grow by 17% by 2020, according to the BLS. And the kindergarten and elementary school teaching field is also projected to expand by 17%, according to the BLS.

Both careers earn an average of more than $50,000 annually as well. Jobs that are hard to fill (and therefore in greater demand) are in math, chemistry, physics, ESL and special-education.

Job stability is a major reason to choose education as a career path. Think about it, every single town and city in America needs educators. There were 98,817 public schools in the United States during the 2009-2010 school year according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And that number continues to grow.

One additional factor that will fuel demand in the coming months and years is that Baby Boomers are reaching the end of their education careers. As they retire, jobs will open up for younger workers.

Coupled with the fact that education reform has brought a new level of importance to education in America, retiring Baby Boomers mean education continues to be a career – with a future!

    Teaching Assistant ($23,220)     Career and Technical Education ($53,920)
    Preschool Teacher ($25,700)     Instructional Coordinators ($58,830)
    Middle School Teacher ($51,960)     Principals ($86,970)

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