When people think of jobs in education, they immediately think of teachers, but many other professionals also bring their skills to the table to create an optimal learning environment for students. If you want to go into education, but don’t think teaching is your strength, consider the following career opportunities.
One job in education that is often overlooked is school social worker. School social workers provide many valuable services to students and their families. They work with students to promote a safe, respectful atmosphere and provide individual and group counseling to help students deal with issues such as abuse, bereavement, etc. Social workers also reach out to students’ families to involve them in making their children’s school experience a productive one. School social workers generally have a master’s degree in social work and a license.
Another challenging job in education is guidance counselor. Guidance counselors work with students to assess their interests and abilities and help them make plans to continue their education or enter the workforce. Guidance counselors, like social workers, may also counsel students with personal problems and operate programs to make the school safer and more student-friendly (e.g., anti-violence programs, drug and alcohol abuse programs, etc.). Guidance counselors have a Master’s Degree from a counselor education program and a license.
Still another job in education is school library and media specialist or school librarian. It is the job of the school librarian to select materials for the school library, help students obtain information, and interest students in acquiring knowledge. The requirements for being a school librarian vary widely from state to state. Some states require a master’s degree in teaching or library science, others require only a license or certificate.
Finally, schools require education administrators—principals. It is the job of the principal to supervise the staff, develop academic programs, approve curricula, act as a liaison between the school and the community, plan budgets, and carry out a thousand other day-to-day tasks to keep the school running. Principals also are often responsible for handling discipline issues. Most principals have a Master’s or even a Doctorate degree in education and have been teachers themselves.
Even if teaching is not for you, there are still many jobs in education you can perform. Schools need qualified, caring professionals, so consider giving one of the non-teaching jobs a try.