Some students can’t wait to explore the private sector job market after leaving college. But what if you really enjoy the educational world and there was an opportunity to go from student to employee in the education industry? You may have found yourself thriving in the high school or college atmosphere and your experience inspired you to want to be a part of another student’s learning experience as a career. You may be wondering what types of jobs are available in the education industry and what degrees would you need for each position? Let’s talk about a few of the possible job opportunities in education that could be a great next step for you.
A teacher position is often associated with the high school level and under. Being a teacher is a career that allows you to be a big part of a student’s education, especially during the student’s formative years. The requirements to be a teacher are typically a bachelor’s degree in education. Sometimes, a student teaching position or apprenticeship may also be required. Once teachers have a few good years of experience behind them, they can usually be promoted to principal. If you are trying to decide which position to hold in the education industry, here are some reasons to pursue a teaching career.
2. Education Administrator
If you are considering more of a higher education leadership role, becoming an Education Administrator may be a good option. The role of education administrator at a school / college includes handling budgets, assisting with schedules and lesson plans, managing disciplinary actions, meeting school district requirements and event planning. This position allows you to be a part of the student’s learning experience without teaching them directly.
In order to apply for a job as an Education Administrator, you must have a master’s degree in Education Administration. Sometimes a few years of teaching experience are also needed before stepping into the role. For more information on the Education Administrator job requirements, check out How to Become a School Administrator.
3. Academic Dean
Becoming an Academic Dean is another position you can hold within the education industry. The Academic Dean typically oversees a department within a college or university, managing the students, faculty, and overall day to day operations within the department. The job requirements for being an Academic Dean is having a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree from an on campus college or university or an online doctor of education from an accredited college or university. Having a few years of experience in administration or holding a prior leadership position will help boost your chances of landing a role as an Academic Dean.
Becoming a Professor is similar to being a teacher, except you are dealing with college aged students rather than elementary to high school students. To become a college professor, you need to have a Doctorate or PhD degree. You also need some solid experience in the field you want to teach. Having specialized in a specific discipline, publishing a research paper, and other teaching experience can help you land a job as a professor. Here are some other popular steps to becoming a college professor.
5. Education Policy Analyst
Working as an Education Policy Analyst, you have the opportunity to influence education policies within school systems, sometimes even state-wide or nationally. Some of the topics that Education Policy Analyst’s explore are public school funding, graduation rates, technology, and curriculum development. The job requirements for an Education Policy Analyst position is a master’s or doctorate education degree.
6. Special Education
If you are looking for a position in the education industry that is a little different from the average teaching position, you can look for a job in Special Education. This may be as a teacher of special needs students or a speech-language pathologist. Here are 14 other Special Education careers you could apply for. For most of these positions, a bachelor’s degree in education or a master’s degree is required.
If you were the type of student in school that enjoyed learning and thought about the work the teacher’s put into their lessons, a job in the education industry might be for you. There are many different positions you can hold in the education industry. To start deciding which path is best for you, you should do research on what each position entails and what requirements are necessary for each one.
Once you have decided on a career path, you can look into going the extra mile with adding other experience to your resume. For example, you could try tutoring in your spare time, doing an internship, or student teaching. Many employers will view this added experience as a leg up for you against other job candidates you may be competing with.
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