Education is America’s second-largest industry. There are more than 13 million educators and support personnel employed by public and private educators to facilitate the academic and vocational training of more than 80 million students, from preschool tots to Ph.D. candidates.
As the population grows and the nation’s economy and society becomes more skill-driven, there is a great need for qualified, innovative individuals committed building a smarter, more capable society. From kindergarten special education teachers to college professors and everything in between, education careers are rewarding, interesting, and a way to make a meaningful difference in the lives of students.
Work is about getting paid, but a career should be about more than just making a living. A career should be about doing something that you’re proud of. That sort of fulfillment can seem hard to come by in today’s workforce.
In the wealthiest, most advanced nation in the history of the world, over half of Americans are unhappy with the job they have. The Conference Board, a global market research firm, has conducted a widely-cited job satisfaction study for over 20 years. Their first survey, in 1987, found that over 61% of people were satisfied with their career. By last year, that number had dropped to an all-time low of 45.3%. It’s not just that people aren’t making enough money – many feel frustrated and bored by the repetitiveness of their workday or the inability to make a real contribution to society.
Many of us choose to define ourselves by what we do – “I’m a mechanic, I’m a sales manager, I‘m a teacher.” What does it mean when almost 55% percent of us are unsatisfied with the career path we’ve chosen? Something is terribly wrong.
We at University Bound believe in the American Dream. We believe that every person has the right to do something they love. Beyond that, we believe that with dedication, smart choices, and hard work, every person has the ability to succeed. You may not be the next provost of Harvard Law; you may be too old to go to astronaut school, and unfortunately, “pirate” is not a legitimate profession, but it’s not too late to have a rewarding and exciting job in the education field. It is a job sector that is already America’s second largest industry, and still growing fast as student enrollment at all levels continues to rise.
These are stable, rewarding, and service-based jobs in growing markets: most of our education school subcategories (Curriculum Design, Health Education, and Child Development) have healthy occupational growth rates, significantly higher than the 8.2% expansion for all civilian jobs forecasted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2008-2018. The BLSpredicts that Instructional coordinator jobs will expand by 23%, health educators by 18% and preschool teachers by 19%, to name a few. There are a growing number of good jobs available, but openings are expected to be competitive.