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Alternative careers in education

Options outside of teaching

The job market for teachers is competitive, so it's important to consider all your options. Students completing the initial licensure program through the College of Education and Human Development acquire many transferable skills which can be used in a variety of settings. Listed below is a sampling of job titles from various industry areas which utilize these skills.

Business and industry

  • account executive
  • community affairs director
  • compensation analyst
  • customer service representative
  • diversity and talent manager
  • educational writer
  • employee assistance plan specialist
  • employee assistance program coordinator
  • employee relations representative
  • employee training instructor
  • equal opportunity representative
  • fundraiser
  • grant writer
  • human resource generalist
  • job development specialist
  • management trainee
  • marketing communications coordination
  • program administrator
  • program designer
  • program developer
  • promotion representative
  • public relations representative
  • recruiter
  • sales representative
  • training and development specialist
  • volunteer coordinator

Government

  • communication specialist
  • education and training technician
  • education program specialist
  • human resource specialist
  • international trade specialist
  • program analyst
  • program manager
  • public affairs specialist
  • technical writer

Higher education

  • academic advisor
  • admissions counselor
  • admissions recruiter
  • alumni events promotion manager
  • assistant director of alumni relations
  • career counselor
  • child care center training specialist
  • communication specialist
  • coordinator of community engagement
  • coordinator of development
  • coordinator of student activities
  • coordinator of student conduct
  • enrollment specialist
  • financial aid counselor
  • fraternity and sorority life director
  • gifts officer
  • human resources consultant
  • learning skills specialist
  • media specialist
  • orientation coordinator
  • recreational sports youth and community director
  • residential life coordinator
  • stewardship manager

K-12 (jobs which do not require a teaching license)

  • instructional coordinator
  • paraprofessional
  • special education aide
  • special education instructional assistant

Publishing

  • copy editor
  • webinar presenter
  • publishing sales representative
  • writer

Recreation/wellness

  • instructor
  • life coach
  • sales manager
  • trainer
  • youth activity program director

Social services/non-profit

  • after school activities coordinator
  • assistant program coordinator
  • chemical dependency counselor
  • child and protective services worker
  • child care coordinator/director
  • child life specialist
  • community program coordinator
  • disability specialist
  • educational coordinator
  • elder services administrator
  • environmental educator
  • event coordinator
  • family advocate
  • financial counselor
  • foster care or adoption counselor
  • fundraiser
  • grant writer
  • juvenile corrections worker
  • legislative aid
  • lobbyist nonprofit fundraiser
  • multicultural liaison
  • outreach coordinator
  • program director/administrator
  • program evaluator
  • residential counselor
  • teen center director
  • volunteer coordinator
  • welfare counselor
  • youth program coordinator

Additional opportunities

Camps

  • camp counselor
  • camp director
  • program assistant

Museums

  • education program coordinator
  • education training specialist
  • exhibit designer
  • management specialist
  • playologist
  • tour guide

Parks

  • biological science technician
  • education program specialist
  • facility coordinator
  • historic preservationist
  • park guide
  • park manager
  • park ranger
  • program manager
  • public information specialist
  • recreation youth program specialist
  • resource manager
  • visitor assistant

Zoos

  • guest services manager
  • internship coordinator
  • special events coordinator
  • volunteer coordinator
  • wildlife education/keeper
  • zoo educator