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Education Major

Education is a major that typically falls into the Education category.

There are 1,581 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in education, 8,439 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 8,059 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1,464 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Education Degree?

In 2017, roughly education majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree, making it the most popular major in the country. This major is dominated by women with about 81.6% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of education majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 2.6%
  • Black or African American: 6.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 11.3%
  • White: 72.1%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.2%
  • Other Races: 6%
Education Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in education. About 1.2% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending education majors to the U.S. are.

What Will You Learn as an Education Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to education to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Education Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Education Majors

Skills for Education Majors

When studying education, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Education Majors

Abilities for Education Majors

As you progress with your education degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for education Majors

What Can You Do With an Education Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with education:

Careers Related to Education
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

-5.1%

$53,630

Computer Science Professors

8.1%

$82,220

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

8%

$55,470

Vocational Education Professors

1.4%

$53,120

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Professors

9.9%

$90,860

English Language and Literature Professors

9.8%

$66,590

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

7.4%

$59,390

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

16.2%

$38,720

Health Specialties Professors

25.9%

$97,370

Foreign Language and Literature Professors

11.7%

$67,640

Education Major Salary

Education majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $62,000 to $91,000. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an Education Major  ( 62000 to 91000 )
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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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$200k

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Education Major Jobs

Some careers associated with education require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for education careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Education
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0.3%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

2.4%

Post-Secondary Certificate

2.8%

Some College Courses

2.3%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

3.6%

Bachelor's Degree

22.6%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

3.9%

Master's Degree

26.3%

Post-Master's Certificate

1.9%

First Professional Degree

0.4%

Doctoral Degree

28.8%

Post-Doctoral Training

5.4%

Online Education Programs

There are 8,439 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in education, with 422 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is an Education Major Worth It?

The median salary for an education grad is $77,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 98% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $765,400 after 20 years!

education salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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