Careers in Education

Average Salary

 Education Administration

Varies greatly, $65,000 to $300,000

University Professor

$35,000 to $100,000

Special Education

$35,000 to $75,000

Adult Literacy

$11 to 35$ per hour


$30,000 to $100,000

Pre-school to Secondary

$30,000 to $100,000

Facts at a glance

  • According to the BLS, both career opportunities as well as average salary in the education sector are projected to grow substantially over the next 8 years. 
  • In a study carried out by, A career as a University Professor ranks #2 out of the top 50 careers in terms of stress, flexibility, creativity, salary, etc.

Current Education Events and Statistics

As National Education reform sweeps the country, programs like "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) have captured public interest.  Although hard to summarize, NCLB is described by President Bush as a framework for bipartisan education reform that is "the cornerstone of my Administration." President Bush has expressed great concern that "too many of our neediest children are being left behind," despite the nearly $200 billion in Federal spending since the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

On August 16, 2006 the Miami Ledger published an article that underlined the growing demand for teachers in Florida.  The following is an excerpt:

"Nearly 2,000 public school teacher jobs are vacant as the academic year opens, state education officials said Tuesday. Statewide, some 1,987 vacancies were reported, though that number was down from 2,300 at the start of last school year. School officials say they're hiring additional teachers daily, but are making up for the personnel deficit with substitutes in the meantime."  

Job Profile

Historically, teaching has been a low-paying service oriented industry, but today, teachers can expect to earn competitive salaries, as well as enjoy up to 4 months a year of vacation.  Most teachers work 180 days a year, and teach 5 classes a day.  Actual classroom teaching time is about 45 minutes per period.  This breaks down to 3.5 hours of teaching time a day—this does not include preparing lessons and attending conferences and meetings, which are also important elements of a career in teaching.  Even when considering teaching as an 8 hour work day, teachers work 1440 hours per year, when other professionals working an 8 hour day work 1920 hours a year.

University Professors can expect to earn slightly higher salaries on average, as well as enjoy more flexibility.  In the past a PHD was required to teach at the college level, but today a master’s degree and experience in the field may suffice.  Demand is up sharply for university professors, and is expected to go on increasing for the next 8 years.