Education Careers

Education Careers Overview

Education Careers Overview

A famous quote by Aristotle reads, "Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well." The U.S. government and general population are starting to emphasize the crucial role that educators play in a well-functioning society. This is why new reforms are proposed all the time to give those in education careers the recognition they deserve.

Education jobs include, but are not limited to, primary school teachers, college professors, instructional coordinators, librarians, and even museum workers.

Education Required

Naturally, becoming an educator requires educational training. It varies throughout the industry, but teachers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and special education programs will need at least a Bachelor's degree. Teacher's Assistants usually only need some college, as opposed to a full degree, while jobs for librarians and instructional coordinators will often call for a Master's degree.

Education Job Market

Though there is slight variation between professions, careers in education are expected to grow in the near future. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a total 12% growth for kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school teachers, a 19% increase for postsecondary teachers, and a 13% increase for instructional coordinators.

Education Perks

Although pay for educators is not quite ideal yet, statistics have shown that salaries are steadily increasing for those with an education or teaching career. Elementary, middle, and high school teachers typically earn within a range of $40,000 and $200,000. The former often covers the salary of a first-time teacher, while the latter might apply to someone in a more high-ranking position such as district superintendent.

Teach for America is one viable program for scholarship opportunities and resume-building experience. The organization boasts a salary range between $25,000 and $50,000-- depending upon the job location. Other benefits to consider for any job in education include opportunities for paid work during summer and weekends, retirement benefits through the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), union representation through the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and employee discounts.

Career in Education

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