Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What Can You Do With a Degree in Education?

If you find joy in helping others learn, a degree in education is a both versatile and flexible. The education industry is one of the largest employers in the United States. Education is also considered a helping-profession (along with counseling, ministry, nursing, and social work).

A bachelor's degree can help you obtain a teaching position in elementary or secondary education. In some cases, some schools (such as Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy) provide non-teaching, pre-professional majors in education. A master's degree in education is often pursued by those who want to specialize in a specific subject, counsel students (may require licensure), develop curriculum, conduct policy research, or serve in an administrative role. A doctorate in education prepares you for research, policy-making, and senior administrative positions. 

Common career paths include K-12 schools, colleges and universities, local state and federal government, professional associations, and research and consulting firms. With a degree in education, you can also pursue a variety of non-teaching careers, such as a community organizer, corporate trainer, counselor, curriculum specialist, higher education administrator,  journalist, librarian, museum curator, policy analyst, and textbook author! It is a very versatile degree with many career options.

Education professionals can be found in the following industries below:

  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Business and Industry
  • Government
  • Nonprofit

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