Education is a field with multiple stakeholders and a plethora of roles, many of which extend outside of the classroom. One may opt out of being a traditional career teacher while still choosing to work within this field. If that sounds like you, keep reading to learn about 10 careers in education, but out of the classroom!
1. Education Consultant
Credentials: Bachelor's Degree (minimum) - some employers may require a Master's Degree.
Salary Range: The salary range for an Education Consultant ranges from $46,494 to $80,000. Below is data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics which states specific salaries for Education Consultants by institution.
Schools: local, state, and private: $69,900
Postsecondary schools: $58,420
Educational support and private organizations: $62,530.
Description: Take a moment to think about your vast skill set. What are your greatest strengths and talents as an educator? An Education Consultant is someone who provides services in an area that usually aligns with their skill sets. Examples of some of these areas are listed below.
Facilitation and training
National and state learning standards
Literacy or math Instruction
...and many more!
Just as there are many types of Teachers, there are many different types of Education Consultants. These professionals can work in many spaces that include but are not limited to government agencies, businesses that make products for children, non-profits, K-12 schools, EdTech, or higher education. Education Consultants train or advise in their subject area within these spaces. Read the information below to learn about the different roles of Education Consultants in the specific fields below.
Education Consultants in Schools and Post Secondary Institutions
Education consultants who work in schools partner with leadership and teachers in order to examine how students learn. They may also give feedback on procedures, policies, and programs to improve academic achievement and social emotional learning. Education Consultants in this setting may also support by training faculty and advising administrators.
Education Consultants for Individual Students and Families
This type of consultant works to personalize solutions for individual students and their families. These consultants may work with specific populations such as at-risk youth, athletes, or certain grades.
Education Consultants for Product-Driven Firms/Governments
This next type of Education Consultant role is more project based. These individuals support companies in making products for students, teachers, and schools to increase academic achievement. Education Consultants who work for the government may gather and analyze data in order to properly advise their superiors. They may also share outcomes of new or current programs regarding government business.
2. Curriculum Developer
Credentials: Master's Degree (minimum)
Salary Range: Salaries for Curriculum Developpers vary based on employer, credentials, and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the salary of a Curriculum Developper ranges from $36,360 to $102,200. Below is a break down of the average salaries of a Curriculum Developper based on employer.
Government agencies: $76,970
Elementary and secondary schools: $69,900
Educational support agencies: $62,530
Postsecondary schools: $58,420
Description: A Curriculum Developer uses their knowledge of state and local learning standards in order to create instructional materials and resources. They may specialize in specific grade levels or subject areas. The work of a Curriculum Developper is grounded in the research of state testing info/data, learning standards, teaching techniques, etc in order to design curricula that meets the needs of teachers and students.
3. Education Technology
Credentials: Master's Degree in Education Technology, Multimedia Design, Graphic Design, or related field
Salary Range: $60,000-$80,000 (average), depends on specific role
Description: Because Education Technology Specialists can work in many sectors, please see a list of 5 potential professions below.
1. Educational Software Consultant: This type of Education Consultant focuses on creating learning environments that empower teachers and students by advising schools on how to use technology to push student success. These Education Consultants support schools in enhancing their classrooms with innovative technology through advisement and training. Educational Software Consultants responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Advising companies on user needs
Supporting developpers in designing software to meet those needs
Supporting in the planning of how each piece of a system will function and how they all will work together
Supporting in the creation of models and diagrams
2. Distance Learning Director: This is a leadership role wherein an individual is responsible for managing the logistic and administrative duties of a distance learning program. Examples of this work may include the following:
Supervising and coaching distance learning facilitators and support staff
Equipment accountability: distribution, collection, and replacement for students and staff
Leading trainings in the following areas: technology implementation, best instructional practices for distance learning, academic content, attendance, grading, etc.
Evaluate technology needs and goals
Prepare and manage budgets
Problem solving issues related to instructional delivery, technology, equipment, and various other areas
3. Education Technology Consultant: Education Technology Consultants support schools and institutions in implementing technology to enhance the student experience and to increase academic achievement. EdTech Consultants support with the following:
Integration and planning
Training and support
4. Multimedia Designer: These individuals focus on the utilization of text and images for both printed works and those that can be found on websites. They may also create animations or visual effects for videos. Although these professionals commonly work in the advertising, public relations, or marketing industry, they can work for companies that produce products or content for companies that market to educational institutions.
4. Teacher Coach
Credentials: Master's in Education or related field
Salary Range: Varies depending on location, experience, and credentials. A Teacher Coach's salary in Philadelphia, PA ranges from $42,000 to $77,000.
Description: Teacher Coaches support teachers and administrators in improving instruction. They partner with educators to collect data on student achievement, classroom culture, and instructional practices in order to increase student achievement. Coaches also collaborate with teachers to unpack/internalize lessons, create management and engagement strategies, develop or refine classroom routines, and push student thinking and autonomy.
5. Education Policy Analyst
Credentials: Bachelor's Degree (minimum) in education or related filed - additional degrees are recommended
Salary Range: The salary of an Education Policy Analyst ranges from $50,000 to $80,000.
Description: Do you disagree with some of the educational policies, this is your chance to work towards changing them! An Education Policy Analyst is someone with leadership and administrative experience who works alongside others to review and adjust policies within educational institutions. Education Policy Analysts research, analyze, and influence education-related laws.
Furthermore, professionals in this role analyze problems that impact education and look for solutions. An Education Policy Analyst can work in one of the four areas: collecting data about educational policies, analyzing prospective policies/making recommendations, evaluating the outcomes of existing policies, and sharing research and data with the public or government. Some spaces An Education Policy Analyst can work for include a school boards/districts, state agencies, consulting firms, or governments.
6. Freelance Writing
Credentials: Bachelor's Degree (if required)
Salary Range: Subjective
Description: Freelance writing is any writing that is done for monetary compensation. A freelance Writer is not a traditional full time employee. This means an individual who becomes a Freelance Writer may not receive company benefits, but also that they can set their own hours, use their own technology/resources, and work in a space of their own choosing. Freelance Writers may be responsible for creating any of the following.
News Letters/Articles to support teachers, parents, and students
Literary content for varying grade levels
Credentials: Bachelor's Degree (if required)
Salary Range: Subjective
Description: Start that business! Check out some examples of Entrepreneurship in Education below.
Blogging: Build and monetize a website through advertisements, partnerships, sponsored posts, selling e-books, etc.
Consulting: Use your expertise to advise teachers, students, and families on topics in education.
Supplies: Build an online store where customers can purchase school supplies (pencils, flare pens, white boards, notebooks, etc.)
Apparel: Collaborate with vendors to purchase and customize clothing and accessories wholesale. Re-sell these items to your customers.
Tech: Create an app or online platform that supports teachers, parents, and students through providing products or services.
Resources: Design resources and share them with teachers and parents. Examples of such resources can include lesson plans, worksheets, graphic organizers, task cards, short stories, calendars, small group templates, etc.
Credentials: Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing or Business Administration (minimum)- Master’s Degree Preferred
Salary Range: Varies depending on specific role
Description: One of the many things that makes you such a wonderful educator is your understanding of student needs in order to push academic and character success. Use this same talent to support institutions with enrollment and fundraising. Below are 4 careers in education that involve marketing.
1. Admissions Representative: The objective of a professional in this role is to promote their institution to the public to gain the interest of prospective students. An Admissions Representative may also reach out to families and guidance counselors of high school students in order to share information about their institution and acquire desired applicants. They may also travel in order to participate in career fairs and and presentations (in schools or in homes). The most recent data on shows that the salary range for an Admissions Representative is $39,000-$70,000.
2. Public Relations Practitioner: A Public Relations professional curates promotional content, plans marketing-focused events, builds positive relationships with news media, stays up to date on current events within the school community, and problem-solves around issues that may bring unwanted press to the school community. A public relations professional should be able to think on their feet as they work to solve any crisis that may spark the attention of unwanted media platforms. The median salary for a PR Professional is $60,000. Salaries will vary based on the specific roles.
3. Alumni Relations Specialist: Alumni Relations Specialists can work in public or private primary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. Individuals in this role seek to build and maintain relationships with alumni in order to raise funds. Does anyone else recall a long speech at their college graduation about the perks of being an alumni? How about the post cards or emails sent after your graduation asking for your support or promoting alumni-specific events? Those who are in charge of alumni relations will encourage graduates to be join their institution’s alumni association.
These individuals will also support with the creation and distribution of magazines, e-mails, and newsletters. Lastly, those in this field will also oversee the planning of different types of fundraising initiatives. Recent data reveals that the average base pay for those in this field is $49,146. The highest reported salary is $103,316.
4. Career Services Representative: Those who work in this field specialize in supporting students in finding employment in their field. Career services offices are most often found at collegiate institutions. Although Career Service Professionals expose students to career opportunities, they often market students to the companies themselves. A prime example of this would be the career fairs often seen on college campuses. These professionals will also support with interview prep, resume revisions, career fairs, and the sharing of information as it pertains to job opportunities. The average base salary for a Career Services Advisor is $47,000.
9. Corporate Training
Credentials: Bachelor's Degree (minimum) in Education, Human Resources, or related filed - additional degrees are recommended
Salary Range: The average salary of a Corporate Trainer is $55,345. The salary range for this role is from $36,000 to $152,000.
Description: Still a form of teaching, corporate training involves teaching skills to employees of corporate companies. Corporate Trainers teach employees essential skills so that they can complete essential tasks timely and with fidelity. They may collaborate with supervisors to create courses designed to support employees in meeting company goals and expectations.
Credentials: Bachelor's Degree (minimum) in education or related filed
Salary Range: Subjective
Description: A tutor provides small group or individualized instruction to students in order to help push academic achievement. They facilitate learning by targeting the specific needs of children to help fill learning gaps and to expose them to higher level skills. Tutors can be mobile, virtual, in a set space, or employed through a company. A tutor's salary is subjective to their company's rates or those that they set for themselves.
That's all folks!
Thank you kindly for reading. I truly hope the information that I shared supports educators in exploring opportunities outside of the classroom! All salary data can be found on https://www.glassdoor.com/ and https://www.bls.gov/