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EDUCATION

In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported educators in various guises held 13.5 million jobs.  If you are considering a career in education, this is promising news.

Compulsory education for children to the age of 16 means two-thirds of educators are employed by elementary and secondary schools, which comprise almost one-half of all educational institutions.  Colleges and universities account for the remaining one-third of education positions.

Education, whether it is elementary, secondary or post-secondary, is becoming increasingly valuable in a society where employers are demanding prospective employees hold diplomas, certificates and degrees to be considered for a job opening. 

Standardized testing of students in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act has had the effect of the involvement of local and state governments to improve the standard of education.  Establishment of public charter schools and accountability by educators has also had an impact on the quality of education students receive.

Depending on the location of the educational institution, work conditions can vary widely.  For educators employed in the public education system, affluence of the surrounding area has a substantial influence on teaching tools, such as computers, educators have at hand.  Some schools may be very well equipped, while others may lack even basic supplies.

Educators in post-secondary institutions typically have modern classrooms with up-to-date teaching apparatus and the ability to teach unhindered by budget restraints.

In addition to an education major, educators must have skills in the following areas:
• Patience
• Ability to build trusting relationships
• Motivational and inspirational attributes
• Excellent communications capabilities
• Critical thinking
• Interacting with children with behavioral problems

Aspiring educators should also have a life-long desire to continue their education, as employers typically require consistent upgrading of education.

Educator positions include:
• Preschool teachers
• Kindergarten teachers
• Elementary school teachers
• Middle and secondary school teachers
• Special education teachers for students with physical or learning disabilities
• Vocational education teachers
• Adult literacy teachers
• English As a Second Language Teachers
• Education administrators
• Career counselors