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Education is a program that focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching, the basic principles of educational psychology, the art of teaching, the planning and administration of educational activities, school safety and health issues, and the social foundations of education.
Careers for program graduates
Education majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Secondary School TeachersEducation and childcare admini...Special Education TeachersPreschool and Kindergarten Tea...Postsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersTeaching AssistantsFirst-Line Supervisors of Reta...
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in education at each level last year.
010K20K30K40K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year Certificate2-4 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertProfessional DegreeResearch DoctorateOther Doctorate
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Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all education graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 45% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 58% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in education earned in the last academic year, 78% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 79% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in education.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in education have a median salary of $51,991.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 48% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 35% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
All of the following employment data applies to people holding a bachelor's degree in education.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.7%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 57% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 4% of workers who earned a bachelor's in education are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in General Education, perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History

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Number of graduates
010,00020,00030,00040,000200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Other Doctorate
Research Doctorate
Professional Degree
Post-master's Cert
Master's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
2-4 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
0-1 Year Certificate
Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in General Education doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field general education, which includes education.

Median starting salaries
$32K$49K$72K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KDoctorateMaster'sBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$11K$25K$28K$57K$0$50K$100K$150KDoctorateMaster'sBachelor'sAssociate's
Salary and Employment for Majors
Percentage of general education bachelor's graduates who are working

Technically, about 22.6% of general education graduates are currently not working, but only 1.7% are classified as "unemployed." The remaining 20.9% are "not in the workforce," and we don't know whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

77%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

How does the unemployment rate for general education majors compare to the rate for other majors?

1.7%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%
Typical salaries for general education majors
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Following is the full distribution of salaries for general education majors, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary data includes people who may also have earned a graduate degree in any subject.

$48K$50K$49K$52K$55K$66K$32K$52K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate for-profitPrivate not-for-profitSelf Emp. IncoporatedState governmentLocal governmentFederal governmentSelf Emp. Not Incorp.Overall
Context: median salaries

How does the median (middle) salary for general education majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?

$51,991$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Gender and success for general education majors

The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in general education.

Gender
Men (26%)
Women (74%)
Context: Gender representation

There are more female general education majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.

74%26%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.

$51K$58K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For general education graduates, men generally earn 14% more than women. This is better than many: 72% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

14%14%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Insights from the ages of general education bachelor's-holders
Salary by age

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for general education graduates.

$59K$52K$46K$54K$59K$57K$42K$57K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
Workers with this degree
050K100K150K200K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Among all education completions reported last year, 90% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 75% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in education
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

About 48% general education majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of general education majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 67% of other fields.

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Distribution: general education majors' salaries by education level

Explore the salary distribution of general education majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)

$44K$60K$66K$76K$0$50K$100K$150KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We measured the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved -- see how this increase compares to other majors.

35%70%50%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

This section's data applies people who earned a bachelor's degree in general education

This section is based on a wealth of information about diversity and employment by college major contained in the American Community Survey. The charts within this section only apply to people who earned a bachelor's degree in this field.

Explore Careers
Careers for general education majors

Where do general education majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** before the job name tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in education.

Other majors that are hired by the top ten general education careers

Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by general education graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work, and explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!

Elementary EducationGeneral EducationEnglish Language and Lite...PsychologySpecial Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationHistoryLanguage and Drama Educat...Liberal ArtsMathematicsSecondary Teacher Educati...Physical and Health Educa...BiologyBusiness Management and A...General BusinessCommunicationsPolitical Science and Gov...SociologyFamily and Consumer Scien...Teacher Education: Multip...ChemistryNursingPhysicsAccountingElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringMarketingComputer ScienceFinanceEconomicsCriminal Justice and Fire...Elementary and MiddleSchool School TeachersSecondary School TeachersEducation and childcareadministratorsSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and KindergartenTeachersPostsecondary TeachersSpecialized ManagersTeaching AssistantsFirst-Line Supervisors ofRetail Sales WorkersSecretaries andAdministrative AssistantsAll othersTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
What careers hire general education majors as one of their top 10?

To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire general education majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by general education majors.

AcupuncturistsChild, Family, and School...AudiologistsTraining and Development ...Fashion DesignersExercise Trainers and Gro...Substance Abuse and Behav...ClergySocial and Human Service ...Nurse Practitioners and N...Tax PreparersSpecial Education Teacher...Specialized Social Worker...Marriage and Family Thera...Rehabilitation CounselorsEducational, Guidance, an...Education and childcare a...Interpreters and Translat...Religious Activities and ...Flight AttendantsPreschool and Kindergarte...Recreational TherapistsSecondary School TeachersPostsecondary TeachersMusic Directors and Compo...TutorsSpecialized Educational I...Specialized CounselorsSpeech-Language Pathologi...Librarians and Media Coll...Athletes and Sports Compe...Specialized Teachers and ...Coaches and ScoutsSchool PsychologistsRegistered NursesSpecialized Religious Wor...Healthcare Social WorkersMental Health and Substan...Training and Development ...Umpires, Referees, and Ot...Elementary and Middle Sch...Specialized PsychologistsMental Health CounselorsAll other careersGeneral EducationAll other degreesDegree in top 10 employedDegree
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer education degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program General Education. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Explore similar programs

Education is part of a larger collection of programs: Student Counseling, Library Science, and other Education-adjacent fields. Is there a different program that's close to Education that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.