Take what you love and teach it to the world. Whether its music or theater, fitness or health, math or science you can impact the lives of others through education. Education is not just for the classroom. Teaching and learning happens everywhere; therefore, the education and training sector is a classic and diverse field. This field pairs nicely with others as every field needs experts to share information and train others.
Individuals who enjoy this field have a strong passion for improving the quality of lives of others. They also appreciate the balance of creativity and structure. Educators and trainers are natural leaders while they can function as part of a team.
Speaking, observing and problem solving are the major skills needed for educators and trainers. Communication is critical for helping others learn. Individuals will also have develop sensitivity to others needs and development. Since education involves state and federal oversight, teachers will also have to respect rules and regulations. Technology is a critical part of education, so computer literacy is an important skill to master.
Educators and trainers spend most of their work day preparing lessons, creating engaging activities, teaching others, and completing paper work (i.e. grading papers, creating reports). Only a small portion of time is spent working alone, as a majority of time is spent interacting with others, usually indoors. There are variations of work life for educator and trainers, which means there is a type of work environment for every life style. Formal academic educators and trainers work in schools, colleges and universities. Informal educators like libraries and curators, work in museums and art galleries. Distance learning instructors, personal trainers and consultants often have flexible work schedules and environments.
- Pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school teachers
- College Professors
- Curators, Archivists, librarians
- Interpreter and translators
- Instructional designers
- Personal trainers, tutors, coaches and scouts
Education & Majors
Education and training is a general field where individuals who enter this profession usually specialize in other areas (science education, business education, nursing education). While teachers who teach K-12 education actually majored in education, others have majored in particular areas and gain additional certifications and experience to become educators.
Think about it like this: those who teach something know it really well and are considered experts. So if you majored in a specific area and become an expert, you can seek jobs in that career cluster as well as the Education and Training career cluster.
- K-12 instructors and high school coaches have to major in education and pass teacher certification exams to become certified in a particular state. You can also major in a specific area (i.e. history, English, math, science) and gain alternative certification.
- To be a college professor, you have to have an advance degree (Master’s or PhD) in the area you want to teach.
- Archivist, curators, librarians usually major in art, history, library science. Learn more here.
- Interpreter and translators major in one or more foreign language
- Instructional designers usually major in education as well as but may also have a Master’s Degree in curriculum, instruction or educational technology.
- Personal trainers can major in Kinesiology or exercise science.
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