How Do I Work in Education… Without Teaching?

For those interested in education, it may appear that the only way to work in that field is to teach in a traditional classroom setting- although it is true that the face of education seems to be teaching, there are so many more options to explore! Here are some careers that could bring you into an education-focused position, but keep you out of the teaching role.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors, though not teachers or professors, seem to be right on the frontlines for communicating with students- advisors are the first people students turn to for help with choosing courses, staying on track to graduate, and more. This kind of role is great for anyone who wants to be involved in the education sphere, particularly at the college level, and enjoys that immediate level of contact with students.

School Counseling

These professionals, among them guidance counselors and school psychologists, serve as a crucial support system for students at any age. Depending on the age and school setting, your responsibilities could range from meeting one-on-one regarding college applications, necessary disciplinary measures, or discussing mental health matters with students. Becoming a school counselor could be worth exploring if you love working people, are comfortable providing that level of support to students, and you have that background in schools and education.

Student Affairs

Countless student services exist at the college level in order to supplement the courses students take, providing experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom and preparing them for life after graduation. Professionals that work at this level are career counselors, program directors, and other coordinators working in areas such as residential life, student engagement, and event planning. In a role like this, you can combine a number of interests and work collaboratively toward the goal of enhancing students’ education.

School Administration

A career in school administration can start with simply becoming involved in a local board of education committee, and having a background in education will benefit you if you are looking to run for office or obtain an advanced position in this discipline. Principals, superintendents, deans, and school district workers are all considered school administration professionals.

Educational Research

If you come from a scientific background, enjoy working in clinical settings, or have a passion for learning outside of an office or classroom, conducting research could prove to be a very successful and exciting career for you. This could also translate into a career in writing and publishing books, textbooks, and scholarly articles. Sharing your research with a community of educators and other researchers allows these studies to develop steadily.

Education-Based Non-Profit Organizations

There are many incredible organizations working tirelessly for schools and children of all ages in them. They work with students with disabilities, children in public schools, students from underserved communities, and more. Among the most renowned are JumpStart, Khan Academy, The New Teacher Project, and Teach for America, but there are many more. Each has a unique, education-driven mission that calls people from all backgrounds in to support. If you have a love of helping others (specifically students), the work done with non-profit organizations can be a very rewarding career choice.

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By Clarice Pennock
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