Education Careers

For most with education degrees, teaching is their chosen profession. Those earning their education degree are required to pass a state licensing exam should they choose to teach in a public school, while private schools do not require licensure. Education degree holders employed as teachers or teaching assistants are crucial in the educational and personal development of students. Elementary school teachers often teach core curriculum such as English, science and social studies, while others focus on specialties such as physical education, music, special education or art.

Employment Opportunities

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

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Education assistance organizations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Daycare


Education professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Attention to details
  • Knowledge in a variety of academic subjects
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of emotional and educational needs
  • Ability to motivate and inspire
  • Patience

Industry Spotlight

Depending on location and chosen subject, grade level and location, employment opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years are very good. In addition, growth is expected due to a large number of teachers expected to retire within that time. Job prospects are strongest in inner cities and rural areas. Those with specialty emphasis including physics, chemistry and bilingual education are especially in demand.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008