We’ve all been students at some point in our lives, and some of us have been teachers too. America’s education industry includes public and private institutions, as well as charter and laboratory schools. Within those systems, there are teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, teaching assistants, office managers, and many others, playing a part in educating America’s youth. Teachers don’t get into the profession to strike it rich, for most, it’s about building a better tomorrow. Teachers have the potential to make a difference in a lot of lives through meaningful mentor relationships and guidance, as well as in math and science. In New Futuro’s opinion, teachers truly are heroes.

Three Reasons to Explore A Career in Education

  1. If you enjoy teaching children, teens, or adults, or providing important support services to schools and training institutions, teaching could be perfect.
  2. There is very strong demand for bilingual teachers, aides, and support staff in all education settings all over the country. As the Latino population grows and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers are needed, opportunities as an ESL teacher are sure to come about.
  3. The potential for summers off! Not bad! Most public and private schools operate 9 to 10 months a year, with some providing limited summer programs, allowing you flexibility to travel, relax, and enjoy your family.

Your Pathway to A Career in Education

  • High School: If you really want to be an educator, experience working or volunteering at community centers, summer camps, and Sunday schools, is a solid way to get comfortable in leading youth.
  • Community College: With an Associate’s Degree in hand, you can work as a teacher’s aide, preschool teacher, office manager, network administrator, or one of many other rewarding jobs in the education system. Be sure to check if additional certification is needed.
  • Four-Year School: At universities, education majors spend time in the classroom as both students and teachers. The more experience you get student teaching, the more prepared you'll be on the job. If you know which subject you want to teach, add it as a minor or a second major!

Education Positions

Teachers work in schools to educate students. They create lesson plans, interactive activities, and assessments that help students problem solve, develop critical thinking skills, and comprehend new concepts. Teachers also manage student discipline, attend meetings, communicate with parents, collaborate with other teachers, and oversee extracurricular activities.
Education: Bachelor’s degree and completion of an approved teacher education program. Many teachers continue on to receive a Master’s degree.
Salary Range: $30,000 to $80,000

Librarians work in libraries to manage collections and help people find information. They research books and materials for the library to purchase, classify and organize collections, recommend materials to patrons and promote library events. Librarians also manage online collections and resources.
Education: Master’s degree in library science. School librarians must meet state teaching standards.
Salary Range: $33,000 to $81,000

Education Administrators oversee educational institutions such as schools or colleges. They get goals and standards for an institution, establish policies and procedures, supervise educators, oversee student discipline, manage budgets, and interact with parents and the community. Administrators have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to handle many different responsibilities at once.
Education: Master’s degree in educational leadership or management. Many administrators begin their careers as teachers.
Salary Range: $55,000 a $125,000

Top Ten Graduate Programs in Education

  1. Vanderbilt University (Peabody) - Nashville, Tennessee
  2. University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
  3. Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
  4. Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, New York
  5. Michigan State University - Lansing, MI
  6. University of Texas - Austin, Texas
  7. Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA
  8. Stanford University - Palo Alto, California
  9. Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
  10. University of Washington - Seattle, Washington

U.S. News & World Reports (2011)

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