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Growing Federal Jobs: Education

Growing Federal Jobs: Education

Kyle Stone | Associate Editor, GovCentral

Employment of preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers is projected to grow as fast as average jobs in the US. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, with particularly good prospects for teachers in high-demand fields like math, science, and bilingual education, or in less desirable urban or rural school districts.

The employment of school teachers is expected to grow by 12 percent before 2016. Because of large number of the occupations in this group, this growth rate will create 479,000 additional teacher positions, more than all but a few but just a few other occupations before 2016.

In Demand Occupations


Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Projected Salary: $35,000
Employees Needed: 114,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Education, Department of Veterans Affairs, Army Medical Command,

Instructional Coordinators
Projected Salary: $54,000
Employees Needed: 47,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Education, Air Force, Army, Department of Interior

Librarians
Projected Salary: $46,000
Employees Needed: 49,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Army, Air Force

Social and Human Service Assistants
Projected Salary: $32,000
Employees Needed: 153,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: High School | Some College
Who’s Hiring: Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services

Training and Development Specialists
Projected Salary: $61,000
Employees Needed: 84,000
Projected Growth: 9% – 17%
Average Education Level: Some College or Higher
Who’s Hiring: Department of Education, Department of Labor, Army

How to Prepare

More teachers will be drawn from a reserve pool of career changers, substitute teachers, and teachers completing alternative certification programs. In recent years, the total number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees granted in education has been increasing slowly. But many States have implemented policies that will encourage even more students to become teachers because of a shortage of teachers in certain locations and in anticipation of the loss of a number of teachers to retirement.

Learn more: Education Channel

Information Compiled from CareerVoyages.gov and 2006-16 BLS Projections.

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