Career Opportunities for Majors in Education


A career in education was once exclusively a career in teaching, usually in an elementary or secondary school or in a college or university, or to a lesser extent in a church or synagogue, or other religious institution. Today, it is a much broader enterprise. Although most professionals in education are teachers, there are many specialty areas, i.e. learning and reading specialists, guidance and crisis counselors, librarians and other media specialists, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, business managers, computer experts--to mention a few. However, teaching remains the central function in the field of education. All other educators exist to support teachers in one way or another.

In the public schools the most prevalent career route is a result of training in an approved program which leads to state certification. Other institutions and programs may consider a candidate without certification, but necessarily with a strong educational background and strong commitment.

Though teaching is still the career of choice for education majors, training, education and skills allow one to consider alternative career choices. These are wide and varied, occurring in different settings and with titles other than "teacher" (see Possible Occupations).

The related occupations listed below are just some of the possible choices for teachers.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Academic Advisor Fundraiser Public Information Officer
Administrator Government Agency Admin Public Lecturer
Admissions Counselor Guidance Counselor Public Relations Specialist
Adult & Continuing Education Director Human Resources Specialist Radio/TV Newscaster
Advertising Account Exec. Instructional Designer Reading Specialist
Alumni Affairs Coordinator Instructional/Education Technical Spec. Reporter/Coorespondent
Audiology and Speech Pathologist International Educator Researcher
Audio-visual Specialist Journalist Sales Representative
Career Educator Learning and Development Spec School Administrator
Consultant Learning Disabilities Specialist School Psychologist
Consumer Advocate Librarian/Media Specialist Social Worker
Continuing Education Program Planner Literacy Developmnt Specialist Special Education Teacher
Convention Organizer Lobbyist Speech Consultant
Corporate Trainer Market Research Specialist Student Affairs Administrator
Counselor Measurement & Evaluation Specialist Supervisor
Curriculum Coordinator Media Buyer Teacher/Professor
Curriculum Developer Nonprofit Administrator Technical Writer
Distance Education Coordinator Personnel Recruiter Tour Guide
Editor/Writer Principal Video Game Designer
Education Consultant Private Tutor
ESL Coordinator Program Manager

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Colleges/Universities Health Service Providers Private Schools
Community service agencies Historic Sites/Historical Societies Private Schools Abroad
Consulting Firms Libraries Public Schools
Consumer Products Firms Media Organizations Research & Development Labs
Educational Publishers Museums
Financial Institutions Preschool/daycare centers
Government Agencies
Cultural Affairs Agencies Judicial system State Boards/State Departments of Ed.
Federal Education Agencies National Associations and Councils
Government Affiliated Schools Abroad Regional and National Accrediting Agencies

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Education

Organization Job Title
Hoffmann-La Roche Assistant Scientist
Macy*s Customer Service Representative
South Brunswick Schools Early Childcare Teacher
Jersey City Schools Elementary Music Teacher
Ramsey Board of Education English Teacher
Howell Twp. Schools Grade 3 Teacher
Google Human Resource Associate
St. Peters Child Care Center Nursery School Teacher
Banque Francaise Receptionist
King Intermediate School Special Ed. Teacher
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Education

Alden Nursing Home (M.Ed.) Activity Director
Human Resources, ARC of Somerset (Cert. in HR) Asst. Dir
Stony Brook School (M.Ed. Ed. Admin.) Assistant Principal
Ewing Board of Educ. (Ed.D.) Asst. Superintendent
Conde Nast "Lucky" magazine Assoc. Beauty Editor
Teacher Ed., Rutgers U. (M.Ed. Ed. Admin.) Assoc. Director
Upsala College Bursar
Woodbridge Board of Education Chief Fiscal Officer
Stuart Turner & Assoc. (MA Pol. Sci.) City Planning Consultant
Rockaway Twp. Bd. of Ed. Community Relations Dir.
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Indiana University M.Ed. Phys. Ed.
Kean University M.Ed
Ohio State University PhD Ed. Admin.
Rutgers, Grad. School of Education M.Ed.
Rutgers, Grad. School of Education Ed.D.
St. John's University MBA
Temple University M.Ed.
Temple University Ed.D.

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