A career in education can be one of the most rewarding you can choose. Few occupations give you the opportunity to make a difference like teaching and counseling our children. Careers in education of course include teachers, but also guidance counselors, special education teachers and school administrators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for teachers is expected to grow by around 17 percent by the end of 2010. That's more than 250,000 new elementary and secondary teaching jobs in the United States. If you're considering a career in education, below is an overview of what's required for such jobs.
Common requirements for a career in education
Virtually all careers in education require a four-year degree in either education or the teaching subject area. In addition, most states require that teachers take additional coursework in education and to be certified by the state. Teachers with advanced degrees generally earn higher salaries.
Careers in counseling and in administration usually require a masters or a doctorate in education or a related field. Most top level school administrators, such as Superintendent of Education, hold doctorate degrees.
Preparing yourself for an education career
The first step to preparing yourself for a career in education is deciding if such a career is a good fit for your skills. If you relate well with children, enjoy sharing your knowledge and work well in a structured setting, this is likely a good career choice for you. You'll also want to give thought to which aspect of education interests you most. Next, consider what subject interests you the most, such as art, English, science or math. Then, choose a college or university that excels both in that subject and in education.
If you'd like to help educate tomorrow's leaders and make a difference in your community, a career in education can help you do both. Start preparing for your teaching career today.
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