Careers in Education
Few career areas offer the high levels of job satisfaction that a career in education provides. By entering a career in education, you become part of the future and part of one of the professions that make the greatest difference in the lives of young people.
Unprecedented growth in the K-12 student population, combined with teacher and administrator retirements and smaller class-size initiatives, has created an in-demand job market for education professionals.
Qualified teachers, school psychologists, counselors, and administrators are needed immediately. According to the latest statistics, U.S. schools will need approximately 2 million new teachers over the next decade. It will not be easy for school systems to find them. Education researchers warn that schools are likely to begin feeling the pinch in as little as five years.
For example, one-third of California's 300,000 teachers are over the age of 50. College graduates aren't joining the profession at a rate fast enough to replace them. As a result, the state has earmarked over $100 million for teacher recruitment and incentives this year alone.
In some areas, competition over certified teachers has become so fierce that districts are promising signing bonuses, paid health insurance, subsidized housing, and more.
The education crunch isn't just in California and K-12 schools, it's across the board. Your studies in the education field can lead you to a number of different careers including academic, vocational, technical, and career education.
Your career choices include work in public schools and private schools as well as a great array of others. For example, you may find yourself entering a corporate education career. There are also career opportunities in highly specialized areas and among specialized populations. Hospitals, prisons and long-term care facilities all employ teachers.
Whichever career direction you choose with your education degree, you'll be able to count on future job security!
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