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What to Do With a Teaching Degree Besides Teach

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Earning a teaching degree doesn’t necessarily lock you into a lifelong career as a teacher. In fact, your education provides you with a number of transferable skills, many of which are highly desirable in other fields. Good communication skills, for example, are essential to teaching kids, but also essential in human resource positions. The same can be said for your skills in lesson planning, time management, organization and conflict resolution.

Non-Profit Work

Armed with a teaching degree, look for positions at education-based or youth-based non-profit organizations. According to Rasmussen College, some not-for-profits seek candidates who can develop and write curriculum plans for school districts. State, city or local agencies may need to fill positions in their community outreach, city recreation or urban development programs. Your degree in education may qualify you for this type of work.

Human Resources

Look for job openings in the human resources departments at non-profit and for-profit organizations. Your background in lesson planning could qualify you for a job developing training programs, while your communication skills may be needed as an employment interviewer. The University of Northern Colorado suggests looking at openings for benefits and compensation managers, personnel specialists or even labor relations specialists.

Arts Organizations

Contact arts organizations, such as museums or theaters, about openings in your area of expertise. For example, a children’s museum may seek an education major as an educational coordinator or a community outreach specialist, who contacts schools and other organizations to set up tours. Other museums may employ an education major as an archivist or curator, as one of the main goals of these institutions is to educate the public about the arts or history.

Higher Education

Colleges and universities hire education graduates for jobs other than teaching. The fact that you have a background in education helps, but your communication, organizational and problem-solving skills -- combined with your experience leading student activities -- could uniquely qualify you for a job. If, for example, you led a student organization while in college or at a teaching assignment, you may be suited to working in student affairs, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You may also find employment in the alumni, admissions or financial aid offices, notes the University of Northern Colorado.