Adult Education Careers

An adult education degree can help those who wish to teach or train adults in postsecondary settings such as colleges or universities and corporate environments. Typically, a minimum of a college degree is required for postsecondary teaching, while corporate trainers need a background in the particular area of emphasis they are teaching.

Employment Opportunities

Adult Education professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Vocational Schools
  • Human Resource Departments
  • Corporate Training


Adult Education professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Self confidence
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to connect on a personal level with diverse populations

Industry Spotlight

The employment outlook for those with adult education degrees is extremely favorable. In fact, as more corporations place an emphasis on professional development and on the job skills, job opportunities have expanded beyond postsecondary education to include corporate training. Additionally, with the evolution of online universities those with adult education degrees will be in high demand.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008