Hot for Teachers! 3 Key Insights in Education Industry Employment

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We’ll always need educators, and with massive progress in educational technology schools are becoming better equipped than ever before. It’s a great time to consider a new job in education, with a large segment of the education workforce approaching retirement and more positions open to new talent who will step into roles already empowered by new technologies.

This industry is slated to grow significantly across the next decade; it is one of the top industries for future employment, with an expected growth of 14% by 2026. As retirement numbers increase, new educational methods, growing awareness mental and emotional issues, and technological demands have simultaneously created a slate of new roles, allowing more people than ever a chance to break into an education career in an era of transformation in both resources and formats.

So you want to work in education? Here are some important things to consider:

Key Factors in Future Education Industry Employment

  • Tech-savvy is the new teacherly. With the blossoming of new EdTech and in-classroom handheld technologies, it is becoming increasingly important for teachers to be comfortable in a tech-enabled environment. While apps, adaptive learning, online tutoring, and OERs are seeing gradual adoption across the nation, there’s a whole new world of ways to utilize modern technology to improve the education process. From streamlined learning using IoT to adapting innovative automation, big data, and cybersecurity in the classroom, savvy teachers have an unprecedented wealth of resources at their fingertips.
  • Education is becoming more individual. The use of technology in education can make learning more personal and more human. Personalized learning is proven to improve learning efficiency. Innovative technologies will streamline the learning process and specialized software for specific learning needs will revolutionize education, while the boom in online instruction will allow both educators and learners to dictate their schedule and access education on their own terms.
  • Collaboration is key. As teacher hiring increases, the need for forward-thinking, tech-efficient administrators should grow in tandem. Educational centers will need more administrators to handle a growing workforce and to lead the charge on EdTech implementation in school, and it’s been proven that effective teacher-administrator collaboration is integral in creating effective educational environments. Expect to see new administrative roles with tech and collaborative focuses alongside teacher hiring.

Current Employment Industry Hiring Trends

Whether you are currently in the education industry or you’re considering it now, it’s a great time to make a move: positions are constantly opening as the current workforce retires, and you can expect a significant growth of new roles in the coming years. We’ve compiled a list of the most-posted job titles on Lensa to help you get started:

Current Hiring Trends in Education
based on search volume

As you can observe, math teachers have a significant margin on the remaining position. This figure agrees with the positive growth in STEM education in 2018, a trend that is only increasing in 2019.

Metro Area Trends in the Education Industry

The metro areas with the highest number of education industry job trends coincide, predictably, within higher population density areas:

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City
  • Chicago-Naperville-Elgin
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

But concentration tells a slightly different story. The following areas represent the highest percentage of education job postings across all job postings for that region:

  • El Centro, CA (9.45%)
  • Logan, UT-ID (7.12%)
  • Bay City, MI (6.49%)
  • Merced, CA (6.39%)
  • Hanford-Corcoran, CA (6.33%)

Want to know what jobs there are for you in the education industry? Check out jobs on Lensa or sign up to receive personalized new job listings regularly.

Lensa has been collecting hiring trend data since 2015, tracking over 100 million job postings and 9 million users, and we’re ready to bring that information to you through Lensa Trends.
Blog post expiration date: March 1, 2020

Paige Richmond

Paige Richmond

Paige is a Silicon Valley native who has spent the last five years based in Budapest, Hungary. After finishing her M.A. in Medieval Studies, she spent three years producing leading global HR tech conferences and building their startup product, working closely with talent industry influencers and leading practitioners. She is now a full-time content and copywriting professional.

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