When people think of education majors, they see elementary school teachers instructing youngsters on how to read Horton Hears a Who or high school teachers giving lessons on physics or world history. While teachers make up a big part of education majors, you do not necessarily have to end up in the classroom, if you decide to major in education.
Fortunately, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for education majors are looking up. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular education careers.
In a sluggish economy, any hint of a silver lining is a welcome one. Today, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) released their Fall Salary Survey for 2011. The report reveals that the salary for college graduates in 2011 has risen 6% since last year. The salaries varied based on majors, but the average has gone from $48,288 in 2010 to $51,171 in 2011.
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Does a college education carry a high price tag and mean incurring debt? Yes, and most likely, yes.
But are there benefits that extend beyond – and include – salary? That’s the ongoing debate.
A new survey by The Pew Research Center revealed that 86% of college graduates believe that college was a good investment.
Among respondents who graduated from a four-year college:
- 74% said their college education helped them grow intellectually
- 69% said it helped them grow as a person
- 55% said it helped them prepare for the workforce.
Whereas 57% of those surveyed (both college and non-college graduates) said that higher education fails to provide value for the cost, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that education is worth the price tag. The Bureau’s statistics – based on 2010 annual averages for full-time employees, ages 25 and over – say that education pays in lower unemployment rates and higher earnings.
In 2010, unemployment was 14.9% for people who had failed to receive a high school diploma, 10.3% for high school graduates and 5.4% for those with a Bachelor’s degree. The median weekly earnings in 2010: $444 for those with less than a high school diploma, $626 for high school graduates and $1,038 for those with a Bachelor’s degree.
Is college worth the price? Share your thoughts in the comments.