What Can I Do With a Major in Education?

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Education majors receive training that is specifically designed to prepare them for careers in teaching. However, these students also learn many other skills that translate to many other types of work. For example, the public speaking, planning, and leadership skills that education majors develop are needed in many different occupations.

It should come as no surprise that the majority of people who graduate with a degree in education go on to work as teachers or in other positions within the education sector. These graduates work at all levels of education, from kindergarten through college (with additional education).

About half of all teachers have a change of heart at some point during their careers, and choose to pursue a career in an occupation that’s unrelated to their major. These graduates are able to find work in many areas, but often end up working in management, administrative, and sales occupations.

Education majors earn a median salary of $40,000, which is about 40% less than the median salary of all college graduates combined. Salaries for teachers tend to remain pretty flat over time when compared with salaries in other occupations. However, nobody earns a degree in education because they want to get rich, and teachers typically enjoy more perks (like time off) than people in other occupations.

Careers for Education Majors

Below is a list of occupations that education majors commonly work in. This is not a comprehensive list, but it should give you an idea of the types of work available to graduates with a degree in this field.

Occupation Median Salary Median Hourly Current jobs Outlook Required Education
Adult Literacy Teacher $46,530 $22.37 86,900 Good Bachelor’s Degree
College Professor $62,050 $29.83 1,756,000 Good Graduate Degree
Editor $51,470 $24.75 129,600 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Elementary School Teacher $51,660 $24.84 1,549,520 Good Bachelor’s Degree
High School Teacher $53,230 $25.59 1,109,500 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Instructional Coordinator $58,830 $28.28 139,700 Good Master’s degree
Librarian $54,500 $26.20 159,940 Normal Master’s Degree
Middle School Teacher $51,960 $24.98 659,460 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Preschool Teacher $25,700 $12.36 12,190 457,240 Bachelor’s Degree
Public Relations Manager $91,810 $44.14 56,720 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Public Relations Specialist $52,090 $25.04 258,100 Good Bachelor’s degree
Recruiter $52,690 $25.33 207,850 Good Bachelor’s degree
Self-enrichment Teacher $36,338 $17.47 252,800 Good Experience
School Principal $86,970 $41.81 236,100 Normal Master’s degree
Social Service Manager $57,950 $27.86 130,560 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Social Worker $42,480 $20.42 350,500 Good Bachelor’s degree
Special Education Teacher $53,220 $25.59 459,600 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Technical Education Teacher $53,920 $25.92 103,000 Normal Bachelor’s Degree