The Education and Training cluster is about planning, managing and providing education and training services and related learning support services. With an emphasis on improving education services, this cluster holds many career opportunities. With a greater need to reach children with learning differences, obtaining specialization in special education will help distinguish you in the marketplace. Demand is highest for special education and ESL (English as a second language) teachers. Opportunities beyond K-12 education include teaching at the college level and being an adult literacy and GED instructor.
Produced by: the following Loudoun County Public Schools:
Briar Woods High School, Broad Run High School, Dominion High School, Freedom High School, Heritage High School, Loudoun Valley High School, Park View High School, Potomac Falls High School, Stone Bridge High School, Tuscarora High School, and Woodgrove High School
Employment Projections: 2012-2022
The Education & Training Cluster, which employed 273,000 Virginians in 2012 is expected to employ nearly 48,000 more Virginia workers in 2022, for a total of nearly 321,000. This represents 18 percent growth in Virginia over the decade, well exceeding the anticipated national average growth of 12 percent among all occupations in this cluster, a figure based on Trailblazers analysis of information from Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on occupations in the Education& Training Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia(PDF).
What They Make...
2013 Median Wage
2022 Projected Employment
Predominant Level of Education
Employed in Virginia
|Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education||$54,990||41,569||Bachelor's degree or more & training: Certification||35,071|
|Teacher Assistants||$22,680||33,286||Some college; Associate degree||29,371|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technic||$56,540||25,476||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||22,889|
|Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical||$54,440||19,066||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||16,085|
|Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education||$29,110||10,396||Bachelor's degree or more||8,684|
|Coaches and Scouts||$30,420||8,283||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||6,913|
|School Counselors||$55,110||7,656||Bachelor's degree or more||6,481|
|Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School||$84,120||7,208||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||6,481|
|Self-Enrichment Education Teachers||$37,730||7,042||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||5,790|
|Librarians||$58,130||5,237||Bachelor's degree or more||4,595|
|Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education||$53,970||4,853||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||4,085|
|Instructional Coordinators||$65,050||4,726||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||4,089|
|Special Education Teachers, Secondary School||$54,420||4,159||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||3,768|
|CTE Teachers, Secondary||$56,960||3,884||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||3,502|
|Adult Basic Education Teachers||$54,890||3,376||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||2,978|
|Special Education Teachers, Middle School||$55,900||3,292||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||2,962|
|Education Administrators, Postsecondary||$85,540||3,056||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||2,531|
|Library Technicians||$30,940||2,861||High School diploma||2,481|
|Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare||$48,950||1,187||Bachelor's degree or more & work experience||1,008|
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Virginia.
Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022.
Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Education & Training Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Education & Training:
- Administration & Administrative Support (Word)
- Professional Support Services (Word)
- Teaching and Training (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Education & Training
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2016 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.