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Jobs for People With Degrees in Education

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Education is a vast and diverse field, so a degree in education opens the door to countless opportunities. Depending upon the level of the education degree--an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, a doctorate, a teaching credential or a specialized teaching certificate--graduates in education can pick an area of specialization. The best news about careers in education is that they are available everywhere, from university towns to rural areas, metropolitan center to international destinations.

Types

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The types of jobs for people with education degrees extends beyond working in a school setting. Graduates may pursue careers in curriculum development or online teaching. They may become teacher trainers or write textbooks. They may develop or grade standardized tests or conduct research on cutting-edge educational models. For those who want to work with people, there are jobs in social welfare, community service, child care administration, vocational counseling, management, educational sales and corporate training.

Potential

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Earning a degree in education allows access to a promising job market. Education is considered one of the few recession-proof careers because it is a necessary service. Teaching and administrative jobs will never disappear, and the possibilities for online teaching open up more options in the field. Those seeking advanced positions might consider exploring the field of educational policy which is a trendy issue in education.

Benefits

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The benefit of an education degree is that it can lay the groundwork for earning specialized degrees for specific positions. Special certifications and degrees are often required for positions such as adaptive physical education Instructor, curriculum specialist, educational researcher, guidance counselor, school librarian, school psychologist and special education administrator. Other positions that one can consider after years in the field include principal, district administrator, speech and language pathologist, superintendent and reading specialist.

Considerations

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For those exploring obtaining a degree in education, consider alternative teaching certification. There are nearly 500 programs in the United States that offer on-site training and guidance coupled with coursework so that would-be teachers can earn their degrees while making a salary. These programs typically place teachers in inner-city and struggling school districts, so students need to consider if they can work successfully and learn in a challenging, yet vibrant, environment.

Misconceptions

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With an education degree, you need not teach in a traditional school setting. There are a world of options in alternative education environments, among them charter schools, private schools, magnet schools, recreation centers, hospitals, correctional institutions, museums, libraries, churches, government agencies, test preparation companies and international language schools.

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About the Author

Nina Makofsky has been a professional writer for more than 20 years. She specializes in art, pop culture, education, travel and theater. She currently serves as a Mexican correspondent for "Aishti Magazine," covering everything from folk art to urban trends. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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