Why Have a Career in Education?
Education professionals are preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s workforce. The Education industry has over 4,000 employers in both the public and private sector that provide jobs to over 207,000 workers. Wages in this industry averaged $47,773 in 2020. Employment declined an average of 1.1 percent per year from 2015 to 2020, for a total of 12,377 jobs.
Employment in the industry was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. Education represents 8.1 percent of all public and private sector employment.
From Office Support to Instructors and Administrators, there are a variety of job opportunities in the Education sector. High wages and projected growth make Education occupations a good career choice in Instruction, Support Services, Professional Support Services, and Administrative & Business Support.
Know the Basics
Most employees in the Education sector interact with students and others on a daily basis so being able to communicate effectively, both individually and in groups, is necessary. The ability to work with co-workers as a team is also important. For instructors, knowledge of subject matter, the ability to adapt teaching methods and materials to meet student’s needs, and the ability to evaluate student’s work and progress are important. Soft skills, such as interpersonal skills, professionalism, and dependability are important in all industries, including Education.
Skills needed for Success
There are several ways to become a certified educator in Missouri. In addition to the traditional route of completing student teaching and receiving a bachelor’s degree in the field of education, there are alternative routes to certification available. An individual with a bachelor’s degree in a content area, such as Mathematics or English, can return to a college of education for a program of study that may enable them to take courses and teach simultaneously. In certain middle and high school subjects, an individual with a bachelor’s degree can complete a program of study from the American Board of Certification for Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), pass their specific test, and be certified. Current certified teachers can also add new areas of certification by taking Missouri Area Content Exams.