Careers in Education

7 Jobs for People Who Like Teaching

Education careers for people who love teaching
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Is teaching in your blood? If you love instructing people, whether it is in academic subjects, sports, hobbies, performing arts, or in how to live a healthy life, there are a variety of careers in education. The obvious choice for someone who wants to teach is to become a school teacher, but there are so many other ways to share your knowledge with both children and adults. Let's compare job descriptions, salaries and requirements for seven of your options.

Elementary or Secondary Education Teacher

Teachers educate children. They teach them concepts in a variety of subjects and then help them apply what they have learned. To teach anywhere in the U.S., one must have a bachelor's degree and complete an approved teacher training program. All states require a license. Teachers working in elementary schools earned a median annual salary of $54,120 in 2014. Those working in middle schools and high schools made $54,940 and $56,310 respectively.


Librarians show individuals how to effectively use library materials including research databases and print resources. To work in this occupation, one must earn a Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS) or a similar degree. Public librarians must be certified in most states, but certification requirements for school librarians vary. Librarians earned a median annual salary of $56,170 in 2014.

School Principal

Principals, as the administrators of schools, develop and implement policies and programs, supervise faculty and perform other tasks to make sure a school achieves its educational goals.

One needs a master's degree in educational administration or educational leadership. Most states require a school administrator license. Principals earned a median annual salary of $89,540 in 2014.

Athletic Coach

Athletic coaches instruct athletes in how to improve their performances in individual and team sports.

They may teach newer players the rules of that particular sport. They work with both professionals and amateurs. In general, they must have participated in the sport they want to coach. Jobs in public high schools require certification. To qualify, one needs CPR and first aid training and possibly courses in sports safety and coaching. Coaches of college and professional teams usually need a bachelor's degree. Athletic coaches earned a median annual salary of $ 30,640 in 2014.

Fitness Trainer

Fitness trainers teach people to perform exercises correctly and motivate them while they are exercising. Some employers will hire people with only a high school diploma, but many prefer to hire those who have an associate or a bachelor's degree in a related field. Personal trainers usually must become certified before they can work with clients. If you want to teach a group class, you will have to audition. Fitness trainers earned a median annual salary of $34,980 in 2014.

Health Educator

Health educators teach individuals and communities how to have healthy lifestyles and what they can do to prevent diseases. A bachelor's degree from a health education program is required to work in this field, but to work at a state or federal agency, one needs a master's or doctoral degree.

Health educators earned a median annual salary of $50,430 in 2014.

Self-Enrichment Teacher

Self-Enrichment teachers instruct students in a variety of subjects that may or may not be part of a required school curriculum. Students take these classes for self-improvement rather than for academic credit. Examples include dance, visual arts, cooking and music. One must demonstrate expertise in the subject he or she wants to teach and may also need formal training in that area. Self-Enrichment teachers earned a median annual salary of $36,020 in 2014.

Comparing Education Careers
 Minimum EducationLicenseMedian Salary (2014)
School Teacher Bachelor's DegreeLicense required in all states$54,120 (elementary); $54,940
(middle school); and
$56,310(high school)
Librarian Master of Library Science (MLS) DegreeCertification required in most states for jobs in public libraries; certification requirements vary for jobs in schools$56,170
Principal Master's Degree in Educational Administration or Leadership School Administrator License required in most states$89,540
Athletic Coach

Experience playing the sport; 
College Jobs: Bachelor's Degree

Certification often required to coach public high school athletics$30,640
Fitness TrainerHS Diploma/Associate or Bachelor's Degree preferred for some jobsPersonal trainers usually need certification before they can work with clients$34,980
Health EducatorBachelor's Degree/Master's Degree to work in state and federal agenciesNone Required$50,430
Self-Enrichment TeacherExpertise and sometimes formal training in subjectNone Required$36,020


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at and
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, on the Internet at (visited October 28, 2015).

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