7 top jobs in education

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Hello Guidance Counselor-

I have a bachelor's degree in education and have been struggling with deciding what kind of job I want to do . Can you give me some ideas about careers in the field? I am considering pursing a master's degree in a specific area of education and wondered if there are any options I haven't considered.



Dear Shana,

Great question and one that certainly comes up a lot. When thinking of education jobs the first thing that enters most minds is teaching. While teaching jobs certainly make many jobs in education, there are a variety of types of teaching jobs, along with a few other options. I've created a list of seven of the top jobs in education in hopes that one might be just what you are looking for in a career or advanced degree.

1. Education Director--Directors of education work in zoos, museums, or other institutions and are in charge of the educational programs at these venues. Duties may also include organizing field trips or summer camps, creating exhibits or displays, planning activities for visitors, and assisting with funding and donor programs. An educational director could be an excellent career option for someone who'd like to teach outside of a school setting, in a potentially more laid-back environment.

2. Preschool or Elementary Teacher--Preschool and elementary teachers usually work in self-contained classrooms with younger children anywhere from ages 2-12. For teachers of younger students, the educational focus may be more on social skills and confidence-building rather than academics. An elementary teacher usually teaches several different subjects to one group of students. A bachelor's degree in education is usually required of preschool and elementary teachers.

3. School Administrator--School administrators are typically among the top-paid professionals in education, but they almost always have some teaching experience and a master's or doctoral degree in education administration. Administrators usually work with parents and teachers and are often considered to be the leaders of the school. Some job titles under this occupation are: curriculum director, dean, department head, guidance counselor, director, and principal and vice principal.

4. Secondary Teacher--Teaching jobs at this level are in middle or high school classrooms and require a bachelor's degree in education for public school employment. Secondary teachers usually specialize in one subject area like history, literature, or biology. Job opportunities are favorable for middle and high school teachers whose area of expertise are in high-demand fields like foreign language, science and math.

5. Speech-Language Pathologist--Speech pathologists work with those who have speech, language or auditory difficulties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), about 48 percent of speech pathologists work in educational services in public or private schools. Some may also work in health care settings like a clinics, hospital or private practice. Typically a master's degree is required to work in this field.

6. Librarian--Librarians, sometimes referred to as information professionals, are generally passionate about books and reading. Recently, more and more technology is being integrated into the job, and because of this, those who choose this career also tend to be tech-savvy. Information professionals can work in school libraries and public libraries and usually have a master's degree in library science.

7. Special Education Teachers-A special education teacher can work one-on-one or in small groups with students who have social, emotional or academic challenges or disorders. These types of teachers may be in close contact with parents and help serve as a liaison between school and home. The BLS reports that there is a shortage of qualified special education teachers and jobs in this field are on the rise. An increase of 17 percent is expected to occur between 2008-2018.

Best of luck to you, Shana.

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