Jobs in Education
Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected due to increases in enrollment. However, employment growth will vary by region. According to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the average beginning teacher pay across the United States was $35,284.
Jobs in Education - Education Administrators held about 236,100 jobs in 2010. Employment of post secondary education administrators is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average. Expected growth is due to increases in enrollments.
Teacher assistants held about 1,288,300 jobs in 2010. Many worked for public and private educational institutions. Child care centers and religious organizations employed most of the rest. Job opportunities for teach assistants vary significantly by geography. Opportunities should be better in the South and West, which are expected to have rapid increases in enrollment, and in urban schools, which often have difficulty recruiting and keeping teacher assistants.
Kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, held about 1,655,800 jobs in 2010. From 2010 to 2020, the student–teacher ratio is expected to decline. This ratio is the number of students for each teacher in the school. A decline in the ratio means that each teacher is responsible for fewer students, and, consequently, more teachers are needed to teach the same number of students.
Teachers of adult literacy and remedial education held about 86,900 jobs in 2010. Additional teachers worked as unpaid volunteers. Many of the jobs are Federally funded, with additional funds coming from State and local governments. The majority of these teachers are employed by the educational services industry.
Jobs in Education - Preschool teachers, except special education, held 456,800 jobs in 2010. Employment of preschool teachers is expected to grow by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. It is widely accepted that early childhood education is important for a child’s intellectual and social development. As a result, there has been increasing demand for preschool programs, which is expected to create demand for preschool teachers.
Jobs in Education - Vocational education teachers Overall employment of career and technical education teachers is projected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020. High school career and technical education teachers are expected to have employment growth of 1 percent, which is little or no change. Employment of middle school career and technical education teachers is expected to grow by 9 percent, slower than the average for all occupations.
Jobs in Education - Postsecondary teachers held 1,756,000 jobs in 2010. Employment of postsecondary teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth is expected as enrollments at postsecondary institutions continue to rise.
The number of people attending postsecondary institutions is expected to grow from 2010 to 2020. These students will seek higher education to gain the additional education and skills they need to meet their career goals. As more people enter colleges and universities, more postsecondary teachers will be needed to serve these additional students.