Career in Teaching & Education


Career in Teaching & Education

Every time we think of the field of education, we consider teaching as the primary job role available in this sector. However, like every other career, even this has a stagnation point. After having taught for years and after acquiring degrees such as a master’s in education, you will realise that you may want a change and a potential upgrade in your role in the field of education. Many educational professionals start off as teachers and then switch to other roles within the same sector, wherein their teaching skills and knowledge is still useful and important. It is worth noting that individuals should pursue alternatives that are in alignment with their strengths and interests. Otherwise, forcing a change may not always produce the desired results. Let us take a look at some of the alternative jobs in the field of education, besides teaching.

Admissions Counsellor/ Recruiter: As a counsellor or recruiter, individuals are required to offer feedback to students and guide them in terms of choosing the right college or career based on their strengths and weaknesses. Besides, admissions recruiters are in charge of promoting the school they work for and recruit students interested in joining the institute. Admission counsellors can find jobs in public and private schools, career centres, and private businesses. The average salary associated with this position is nearly $56,000 per annum.


After school program director: After school program directors provide childcare to elementary-age children. They are responsible for planning after school activities that must be fun and engaging in order to keep the children hooked. They typically hold a background in education and have experience in working with children. This role expects a growth of 8% in the next 10 years, and earns a media salary of $46,000 per year.

Career counselling: Career counsellors share a background similar to that of admissions counsellors and are primarily recruited to facilitate individuals with regards to finding promising employment opportunities. They assess the students’ profile and backgrounds, and then resort to their industry experience in order to provide guidance. Individuals in this position can earn up to $27 a year and can also secure full-time employment.

Camp director: Cam directors mostly need to work seasonally. Their duties include planning activities and programs, recruiting staff members, and supervise camps. A background in education is necessary and while their salaries tend to vary, and average wage of $15 per hour can be earned.

Adult education: Teaching adults can be an exciting prospect as adult learners tend to be very different in terms of their requirements and learning characteristics. With a bachelor’s or master’s degree, working as professors in universities can become a reality. In fact, corporations can also hire you as a trainer, which also is a facet of adult education. Adult education jobs enjoy an average salary of $53,000 per year.

Administration: It is also possible to consider the role of a principal, vice-principal, and other administrational roles. Such roles include people and other resource management as they are charge in the functioning of the school as a whole. Such a role requires managerial abilities, and can secure a salary of up to $90,000 a year for school principals.

Corporate trainers: As the name suggests, these individuals are responsible for hosting training sessions in organisations in order to enhance the employees’ skills and performance in line with the firm’s objectives. This is a very prestigious role and can bag up to $82,000 a year as corporations are very eager to secure robust learning and development amidst their employees.

Curriculum Designer: A career in curriculum design largely involves the planning and implementing educational materials and content that will align with the requirements of different age groups and learners. Curriculum designing is a very exhaustive role as the learners’ needs must be properly known. The average salary for this role is around $58,000 a year, and expects a growth of 7%.

Curriculum representative: Curriculum representatives need to have thorough knowledge about the learning materials, the topics, and the classroom objectives. Proper knowledge will enable them to demonstrate how the quality of the school’s materials and staff can help enhance the students’ learning journey. Sales representatives are responsible for generating revenue for educational products, and can earn up to $69,000 in a year.

Educational consultant: Educational consultants are hired to resolve problems and deliver advise on curriculum choices. Families can also personally hire educational consultants in order for them to offer recommendations on schooling and college. This role can earn an average of $60,00- $75,000 a year, and private clients may pay on an hourly rate. They also have to possess a background in education with former experience in the industry.

Education policy and research: An education policy analyst is required to study the educational system as a whole and analyse its strengths and weaknesses. They review the current government policies and look for policies that can be applied to improve them so that the children’s learning quality can be improved. Likewise, they look at case studies to check what policies worked out and what did not.

Freelance writing, blogging, podcasting: Freelance writing is an appropriate choice for individuals looking for a flexible career or a side job while catering to their full-time teaching roles at the same time. Typically, writers and bloggers are in charge of developing content for print and digital publications, and the growth of the internet and e-commerce has certainly magnified the demand for digital content development. Freelance writers are required to design high quality content for sites and social media platforms, and can earn up to $23 an hour.

Instructional designer: An instructional designer is responsible for focusing on adapting curriculum and information to address the learning needs of different students, and stay updated with the modern innovations prevailing in the field of teaching and learning. Generally, a master’s degree is required to become an instructional designer, and this role can bag nearly $64,000 per annum.

Life coach: A life coach primarily offers clients with alternative insights and suggestions that they can pursue in order to achieve their goals and dreams. Life coaches can work with executives of large companies in order to improve their work-life balance, or help make enhancements in their normal lifestyles. The salary of such a role largely depends on the coach’s experience and expertise in the field.

Homeschool consultant: Just like educational consultants, homeschool consultants are recruited to offer suggestions regarding curriculums and learning content, and ensure that students pursuing homeschooling are provided with proper standards of education. This way they are not left behind when compared to the students attending normal schooling. Due to a surge in the number of homeschool goers, homeschool consultants can earn around $60,000 to $75,000 a year.

Preschool director: This might be an appealing career choice for those who love working with young children. A preschool director tends to monitor and facilitate the educators in a preschool, while ensuring that the students are receiving quality education. Usually this career paths requires a bachelor’s degree or higher, and the career potential in this role is looking to surge by 11%.

Museum education/ tour guide: If you enjoy history, art, culture, or other related topics, then choosing a career that allows you to educate people while guiding them through museums and exhibits can be an exciting option. However, it is important to acquire training around the exhibits or the topics of discussion. The highest income associated with this role goes up to $46,000 a year.

Residence life director: A residence life coordinator coordinates and maintains a dorm or similar residences in a college or facility. Under this position, one may have to assign rooms to the students, maintain a budget, take care of issues around furnishing and repairing, and also manage conflicts arising within the limits of the residence. Former experience in management and handling students is required for this role.

Recreation director: Recreation directors manage recreational working in fitness centres, summer camps, sports centres, and other related fields. This role allows one to deliver education, with an emphasis on physical well-being and health. The average income for a recreational director is around $43,000 per year, and this is an ideal role for individuals who love fitness, and want to serve a cause at the same time.

School counselling: School counsellors are responsible for helping students make decisions about their education, and their future career options on the basis of their interests, their strengths, and weaknesses. A master’s degree is required for this role, and this career has a growth rate of 13% with the potential to earn around $56,000 per year.

School/child psychologist: As the name suggests, school psychologists are involved in identifying the conditions of certain children, counsel them, and help them go through the challenging situations. Usually, psychologists hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D. as they have a highly sensitive role that needs to be backed by proper education. Although the salary levels can vary across different locations, and average of $81,000 can be made per year.

Tutoring: A tutor tends to work with one or a small group of students to help them out with their weaknesses in a particular subject, teach them a new subject, or help them prepare for exams and tests. It does not include the same standards as a job as a teacher, but a high school degree or a certificate is required to become a tutor. This is mostly a freelance job, and can make up to $25,000 per year.

Standardized test developer: Test developers are mainly responsible for writing questions and answers for standardized tests that are hosted all across the country to assess the students’ capabilities. You will need a high school degree or a bachelor’s degree to work as a test developer, and can expect to make around $61,000 a year. The job growth is similar to other industries.

Textbook author: Textbook authors are responsible for writing and publishing work in order to satisfy or exceed a publisher’s requirements for material that can be used in schools. Publishers may set different standards for different textbooks, and the content may also depend on the grade level that the textbook will be used for. A firm grip on the English language along with thorough knowledge of the topics is required.