If you are interested in a career in education, you may ask yourself, ‘What kind of educator do I want to be?’, and, ‘Where do I begin?’ Answering these questions starts with understanding the education labor market as well as beginning to develop your career pathway.
Supported by data from the U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, I’ve already done some of the research for you. Below are three suggested entry-level careers that could get you started on the right track for a career in education.
Working as a teacher assistant is a great place to start your career in education. Individuals in this role work closely with the primary teacher in elementary or high school classrooms to carry out lesson plans, and help with lesson plan preparation and reinforcement. They assist students one on one, and monitor student behavior, among other responsibilities.
Another great place to begin a career in education is at the preschool level, especially if you have a passion for working with young children. Preschool teachers usually work with children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. They develop lesson plans to provide children with the foundations for academic success using a variety of creative, fun and imaginative exercises.
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Many of our early childhood memories begin in kindergarten – teaching this age group could be a great place to begin your career in education. Kindergarten teachers take on the challenging task of providing the first year of formal education for children ages 5 and 6. While providing a nurturing environment, teachers begin to instruct on basic math and reading skills, and prepare lesson plans to engage the entire class through individual assignments and small group exercises.