STATEN ISLAND, NY — Pursuing a career in education continues to be highly appealing, as there is always a need for more school teachers. But job possibilities in the education field also stretch far beyond the standard grade-school subjects.
HeyTutor analyzed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections data to find the occupations with the largest projected increase in jobs from 2021 to 2031. The analysis ranks occupations by percentage employment increase from 2021 to 2031, and according to BLS data, education jobs are projected to grow by 7.2% in that timeframe.
Data journalism website Stacker used the analysis to compile the top 10 fastest-growing jobs in education.
10. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers (postsecondary)
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 9.8% (+1,600 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 16,500 jobs
To teach criminal justice or law enforcement at the postsecondary level, you’ll likely need a master’s degree, if not further education such as a Ph.D. in criminology or a law degree. Someone in this role might have the title of professor, adjunct professor or visiting instructor, according to Stacker.
9. Biological science teachers (postsecondary)
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 12.4% (+7,500 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 60,200 jobs
You’ll need at least a master’s degree, if not a doctorate. Subject matters within the biological sciences field include anatomy, physiology and biology. Most professionals in this job category work at colleges and universities, although some jobs also exist at hospitals, trade schools and scientific research facilities, according to Stacker.
8. Museum technicians and conservators
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 12.7% (+1,600 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 12,700 jobs
Museum technicians and conservators care for the items within a museum’s collection — whether that means fossils, gemstones, and botanicals or art, textiles and historical artifacts, Stacker states. Technicians and conservators both restore and prepare collections for storage and documentation and prepare them for exhibition and arrange displays. Most jobs in this category require at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable museum experience, according to Stacker.
7. Engineering teachers (postsecondary)
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 13.3% (+6,100 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 45,800 jobs
These teachers might educate students in subjects like chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Most of these jobs are at colleges and universities, with fewer jobs available at junior colleges and trade and technical schools, according to Stacker.
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 14.4% (+1,900 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 12,900 jobs
If you want a higher-level, more strategic role in museums, you can consider becoming a curator. They work with a museum’s collections — but instead of maintaining the artifacts and objects, they might plan the acquisition of future items, theme and create exhibitions around them, or conduct special research projects, Stacker states. Curators can also work to educate the public on a museum’s collection and participate in visitor events.
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 14.5% (+29,500 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 203,400 jobs
Tutors work with students outside of the primary instruction class time to support their learning comprehension or prepare them for standardized tests, according to Stacker. They may cover a variety of subject matters, including math, reading and SAT prep. Educational requirements similarly vary — some tutor jobs might want a bachelor’s degree, while others might look for current college students.
4. Preschool teachers (note: excludes special education)
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 15.1% (+72,900 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 483,100 jobs
An increased focus on early childhood education may have contributed to the projected growth of preschool teacher jobs, a role that often only requires a high school diploma, according to Stacker. They may be employed at daycare centers or elementary schools, and focus on the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of children ages 3 and 4.
3. Self-enrichment teachers
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 17.6% (+61,300 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 347,100 jobs
Self-enrichment educators may teach dance, art, music, martial arts or driving — instructing their pupils in subject matters they want to learn for personal enjoyment. These jobs vary widely based on the setting and subject, which means some might only require a bachelor’s degree, while others require a master’s or doctorate, Stacker stated.
2. Nursing instructors and teachers (postsecondary)
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 21.5% (+18,700 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 87,000 jobs
With a shortage of nurses on the horizon, there will be a need for more nurses — and therefore, nursing instructors and teachers to train them.
This job typically requires at least a master’s degree, if not a doctorate, and teaching expertise. Colleges, universities, junior colleges, general medical and surgical hospitals, and technical and trade schools employ nursing instructors and teachers, according to Stacker.
1. Health specialties teachers (postsecondary)
— Projected employment increase from 2021 to 2031: 24.1% (+59,400 jobs)
— Employment in 2021: 246,700 jobs
According to Stacker, health specialties teachers can include instructors in dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy and even veterinary medicine. A master’s or doctorate degree is typically required.
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