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|
|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|
|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|
|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