What Jobs Are Available In Education Other Than Teaching?

"I am interested in education, but I am not sure how I feel about working in a typical classroom environment. Being as I am in my senior year of high school, it isn’t like I have had time to forget all the nonsense that comes with teaching. Then I was thinking maybe I would like to teach in college, but how can I know that without actually attending some college courses first? But I need to figure out my career track now. So are there any other jobs which I can do if I major in education?"

asked by Joe from Bakersfield, CA

There really genuinely are not a lot of options for people with education degrees except to teach in high school or college (and you can only teach in college if you have a master’s degree or doctoral degree).

I know that is not a pleasant answer, but it’s the truth. There are a few other options, but you will probably have a very hard time breaking into them.

You could for instance try to become a training consultant. A training consultant helps to train individuals within a company. That person might work directly for a company, for a consulting firm, or as an independent contractor.

The job of a training consultant is to analyze the training procedures of a client and then to work on ways to improve those training procedures. A training consultant may also directly train some employees.

The challenging with getting into this role is that you need to have some kind of experience teaching adults, not just younger students. Becoming a college TA may help with this, but an adult ed certificate is probably more helpful. It can be done, but it takes extra time and money.

Other theoretical ideas you might think about include day care, tutoring, and management. Day care requires a specific disposition. If that is something that appeals to you, that might be a business worth considering. Tutoring is not as easy as it sounds.

Most tutors work for tutoring centers which tell them what to do down to the most minute detail, and then underpay them for their time. Independent successful tutors do exist, but it is extremely difficult to build that kind of business for scratch, especially in your area of the country.

If you’re thinking about just going into management, you might want to major in business administration instead.

Many people who major in teaching and then decide to try to get a job in management instead of teaching discover that they are “overqualified” for management because they have too much education. Hiring managers also worry that they will not stick around if a teaching job becomes available. So those are all things to think about.

Some of these points may be discouraging, but it is important to have a realistic understanding of the options which will be available to you after graduation before you choose a major and commit to it.

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