Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Education

Education field of degree. Employment: 5,505,250. Median annual wage: $48,000.

Education field of degree. Employment: 5,505,250. Median annual wage: $48,000

Table 1. Education degree, 2019.

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Table 1. Education degree, 2019
Data Education All fields

Employment

5,505,250 56,820,460

Median wage

48,000 60,000

Percent employed part time

19 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

68 61

Percent with an advanced degree

48 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 1. Types of education majors, 2019.

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Chart 1. Types of education majors, 2019
Education majors Major share

General Education

31%

Elementary Education

26

Special Needs Education

6

Art And Music Education

5

Physical And Health Education Teaching

5

Other

27

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an education degree, by occupational group, 2019.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an education degree, by occupational group, 2019
Occupational group Occupational group share

Educational instruction and library occupations

55%

Management occupations

11

Office and administrative support occupations

6

Sales and related occupations

5

Community and social service occupations

4

Other

20

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with an education degree.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with an education degree
Occupational Outlook Handbook profile Percent growth, projected 2020–30 Typical entry-level education Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2019 Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2019

Postsecondary teachers

24% See How to Become One 2% 73%

Preschool teachers, except special education

18 Associate's degree 4 17

Substitute teachers, short-term

13 Bachelor's degree 2 22

Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors

11 Master's degree 1 60

Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

9 Some college, no degree 2 8

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

8 Bachelor's degree 10 54

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

8 Master's degree 5 56

Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

8 Bachelor's degree 4 54

Elementary school teachers, except special education

7 Bachelor's degree 30 48

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

7 Bachelor's degree 2 20

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Education,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/education/education-field-of-degree.htm (visited December 07, 2021).

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