Employment in education, training, and library occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. About 441,000 new jobs are projected to be added from 2019 to 2029. Student enrollment is projected to increase; therefore, postsecondary teachers and preschool, elementary, and secondary school teachers will be needed to meet the demand. Education, training, and library occupations, however, are affected by state and local budgets, and budgetary restrictions may limit employment growth.
The median annual wage for education, training, and library occupations was $52,380 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for education, training, and library occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2020 MEDIAN PAY|
|Adult Basic and Secondary Education and ESL Teachers||
Adult basic and secondary education and ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers instruct adults in fundamental skills, such as reading and speaking English. They also help students earn their high school equivalency credential.
|Career and Technical Education Teachers||
Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts.
|Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers||
Archivists and curators oversee institutions’ collections, such as of historical items or of artwork. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore items in those collections.
|See How to Become One||$52,140|
|High School Teachers||
High school teachers teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.
Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, implement it, and assess its effectiveness.
|Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers||
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects in order to prepare them for future schooling.
|Librarians and Library Media Specialists||
Librarians and library media specialists help people find information and conduct research for personal and professional use.
|Library Technicians and Assistants||
Library technicians and assistants help librarians with all aspects of running a library.
|See How to Become One||$31,840|
|Middle School Teachers||
Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades.
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a variety of academic subjects beyond the high school level.
|See How to Become One||$80,790|
Preschool teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten.
|Special Education Teachers||
Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities.
Teacher assistants work with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction.
|Some college, no degree||$28,900|
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Friday, May 14, 2021