Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Careers in Education -- 4th Edition (2004)

Careers in Education -- Fourth Edition, by Roy Edelfelt and Alan Reiman, is a comprehensive vocational guide for job seekers who want to explore a wide range of opportunities in education. Currently, educational institutions employ over 12 million people, making it one of the largest employment sectors in the country. The authors state "... citizens and policymakers realize that high-quality education is related to a vibrant democracy, quality of life, innovation, and global competitiveness."

The first two chapters define the historical and contemporary development of education in the United States. Other chapters present a detailed description of different career paths in education, preparation for specific career (career patterns, how to find employment, related careers, nontraditional employment, and working conditions), salary and fringe benefits, and firsthand accounts (such as pros and cons and expert advice). Near the end of the book is a directory of national education-related organizations, professional associations and government agencies.

I think this book is a good guide for recent college graduates and career changes who need an introduction to careers in education. The descriptions are very detailed and covers a wide range of institutions (public, private and non-profit sectors). Once you have read this book, you will realize that the opportunities are endless and could help you discover your niche.

  1. An Introduction to Careers in Education
  2. Teaching in K-12 Schools (public and private)
  3. School Administration (principals and superintendents)
  4. Central Office Administration and Supervision
  5. Special Services (This includes art/music teachers, physical education teachers, school library media specialists, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, reading specialists, ESL teachers, special education teachers, school nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists and audiologists)
  6. Teaching, Research and Administration in Higher Education (two- and four-year colleges and universities)
  7. Adult and Continuing Education
    (This includes independent learning programs, professional development programs, and federal graduate programs)
  8. Education in Business and Industry (training and development)
  9. Careers in Governance and Control of Education (federal education agencies and councils and associations)
  10. Directory of Education Organizations

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