Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Education

Education field of degree. Employment: 5,453,280. Median annual wage: $47,000.

Education field of degree. Employment: 5,453,280. Median annual wage: $47,000

Table 1.

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Table 1. Education degree, 2018

Data

Education

All fields

Employment

5,453,280 55,381,020

Median wage

$47,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

18 15

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

70 59

Percent with an advanced degree

49 37

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

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Chart 1. Types of education majors, 2018

Education majors

Major share

General education

32%

Elementary education

25

Special needs education

6

Physical and health education teaching

5

Art and music education

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.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with an education degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Educational instruction and library occupations

55%

Management occupations

10

Office and administrative support occupations

6

Sales and related occupations

5

Community and social service occupations

4

Other

21

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

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

Table 2.

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

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 2% 74%

Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

4 Some college, no degree 1 7

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 37 50

Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

4 Bachelor's degree 6 53

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 5 55

Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

3 Bachelor's degree 2 47

Substitute teachers, short-term

3 Bachelor's degree 2 22

Preschool teachers, except special education

2 Associate's degree 2 11

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

-2 Bachelor's degree 2 21

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

-10 High school diploma or equivalent 1 4

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 July 14, 2021).

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