Education-Related Job Titles and Required Skills

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Being a teacher is just one of the many different types of jobs available within the education field. As well as teachers, schools require administrators, principals, crossing guards, and so many other roles, in order to run smoothly and serve students. And, of course, jobs in education extend beyond classrooms and school buildings. 

If you're considering working in education, get a glimpse into the field's outlook, as well as a comprehensive list of job titles. 

Requirements for Education-Related Roles 

Most positions (other than aides and assistants) require at least a bachelor's degree. Some require a master's degree or even a doctorate in education. Regardless of your level of study, plenty of education-related positions are out there.

For some positions, such as teacher, you will also need to get certified. This can involve both passing exams as well as a certain number of hours in the classroom. 

Outlook for Education-Related Occupations

In 2019 and looking forward, education-related occupations are expected to grow at the same rate as other occupations. 

The average pay (and benefits) for teachers varies from state to state, but on average a kindergarten or elementary school teacher makes $56,900 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Average pay for high school teacher is slightly higher, at $59,170 per year.) 

Most administration or management positions have significantly higher salaries, while assistant-level roles have a lower salary. 

Education Job Titles

If you're considering working in education, it can be helpful to see the breadth of roles available. A list of education-related job titles follows, as well as a list of in-demand skills employers seek in candidates they hire for education and training positions.

A–D

  • Academic Adviser
  • Academic Support Coordinator
  • Administrator
  • Admissions Assistant
  • Admissions Representative
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Adviser
  • After-School Program Aide
  • After-School Program Coordinator
  • Assistant Coach
  • Assistant Dean
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Assistant Principal
  • Assistant Preschool Teacher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Registrar
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Associate Dean
  • Associate Professor
  • Career Counselor
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Child Care Center Teacher
  • Coach
  • Crossing Guard
  • Day Care Assistant
  • Day Care Center Teacher
  • Dean
  • Driver Education Teacher

    E–L

    • Education Coordinator
    • Education Specialist
    • Education Technician
    • Educator
    • Financial Aid Administrator
    • Food Service Aide
    • Food Service Coordinator
    • Food Service Manager
    • Guidance Counselor
    • Instructor
    • Instructional Assistant
    • Lead Teacher
    • Lunch Monitor

    M–S

    • Preschool Assistant Teacher
    • Preschool Director
    • Preschool Group Leader
    • Preschool Lead Teacher
    • Preschool Specialist
    • Preschool Teacher
    • Principal
    • Program Assistant
    • Program Coordinator
    • Registrar
    • Residence Hall Manager
    • Resource Development Coordinator
    • School Administrator
    • School Bus Driver
    • School Counselor
    • School Librarian
    • School Nurse
    • School Psychologist
    • School Secretary
    • School Social Worker
    • Special Education Assistant
    • Special Education Coordinator
    • Substitute Teacher
    • Superintendent
    • Superintendent of Schools

    T–Z

    Required Skills

    Review a list of the skills and characteristics that employers seek when hiring for the above positions. Skills vary by job, so also review more specific skills lists for particular occupations.

    Highlight the skills you acquired during your education, internships, and employment. Use them as keywords on an application if you are actively seeking employment. Updating your resume on a quarterly basis is also a good idea. Some of these skills will seem obvious, but you need to include them to pass the software resume scanners. 

    A–C

    •    Active listening
    •    Adapting teaching for special needs students
    •    Advising student groups
    •    Advising students regarding educational options
    •    Advocating for students
    •    Analytical
    •    Capturing the attention of an audience
    •    Coaching athletics
    •    Collaborating with other educators
    •    Communicating across culture
    •    Compassion
    •    Conducting research
    •    Controlling a classroom
    •    Creating lesson plans
    •    Creativity
    •    Critical thinking 
    •    Critiquing lessons
    •    Critiquing writing

    D–K

    •    Decision making
    •    Detail oriented
    •    Devising assessments
    •    Disciplining
    •    Embracing diversity
    •    Enthusiastic
    •    Evaluating the reliability and validity of research
    •    Explaining concepts clearly
    •    Facilitating group discussion
    •    Grading student work
    •    High energy
    •    Instructing
    •    Integrating new technology into teaching and learning

    L–P

    •    Leadership
    •    Making referrals to educational support professionals
    •    Modifying behavior
    •    Motivating students to learn
    •    Multitasking
    •    Organizational
    •    Partnering with parents
    •    Planning year-long courses
    •    Positive attitude
    •    PowerPoint
    •    Presentation
    •    Prioritizing
    •    Problem-solving 
    •    Providing clear directions for assignments
    •    Providing concrete examples
    •    Providing feedback

    Q–Z

    •    Receiving constructive criticism
    •    Recognizing student achievements
    •    Stress management
    •    Summarizing key understandings
    •    Tailoring lessons to different types and levels of learners
    •    Team teaching
    •    Teamwork
    •    Time management
    •    Using visual aids to present information
    •    Verbal communication
    •    Working independently
    •    Writing reports