Education & Training

The Education and Training cluster is about planning, managing and providing education and training services and related learning support services. With an emphasis on improving education services, this cluster holds many career opportunities.  With a greater need to reach children with learning differences, obtaining specialization in special education will help distinguish you in the marketplace. Demand is highest for special education and ESL (English as a second language) teachers.

Employment Projections: 2010-2020

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the Education and Training career cluster will add about 1.5 million new jobs nationwide between 2010 and 2020. The cluster had about 10 million workers in 2010 and is expected to grow to over 11.5 million.  Overall, this cluster is expected to have an employment growth rate of almost 16 percent, which is about average compared to other clusters and the national average of 14%.

The report  Employment Projections for Education and Training, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.


What They Make…Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
Occupation Employed in VA Typical salary1 Typical entry-level Education
Adult and GED teachers 2,750 $27K–$82K Bachelor’s degree
Archivists 130 $27K–$82K Bachelor’s degree
Childcare workers 16,900 $16K–$30K High school diploma
Coaches and scouts 6,190 $17K–$66K High school diploma
CTE teachers, secondary school 3,620 $38K–$81K Bachelor’s degree
Curators 310 $28K–$88K Master’s degree
Education administrators, K-12 6,560 $59K–$131K Master’s degree
Education administrators, postsecondary 2,490 $49K–$168K Master’s degree
Education administrators, preschool 930 $28K–$84K Bachelor’s degree
Elementary school teachers 36,220 $36K–$83K Bachelor’s degree
Fitness trainers, aerobics instructors 7,750 $18K–$67K High school diploma
Librarians 4,640 $33K–$85K Master’s degree
Middle school teachers 16,610 $37K–$82K Bachelor’s degree
Preschool teachers 8,700 $18K–$49K Associate’s degree
Secondary school teachers 23,640 $37K–$96K Bachelor’s degree
Special education teachers 14,820 $36K–$90K Bachelor’s degree
Teacher assistants 30,270 $17K–$37K High school diploma

110th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics