Choosing Your Path (Recap): The One-Stop Shop for ECE Career Info

Well, here it is. Welcome to the fourth and final installment in the Choosing Your Path series.

In the first three articles, we talked about your passion for helping and nurturing children, your career aspirations and the geographic hot spots for early childhood education (ECE) jobs around the country.

But in case you’re limited on time or you don’t want to go back through each of the original articles, you might be wondering where you can find a recap of all these posts.

You’ve come to the right place.

Below, we give you a little fragment of each of the previous posts in the series so you can begin building your pathway to a successful ECE future.

Part One: In-demand ECE careers

In the first part of the Choosing your Path series we explore ECE careers. We looked at the areas of ECE that are growing.  We detailed specific ECE careers including what type of degree is needed and how many job postings per career are currently being offered in the marketplace.

One of the most interesting facts from this piece is that ECE jobs are expected to grow by 25 percent through 2020. The top ECE jobs detailed in the first part of the series are as follows:

  • Preschool Teacher
  • Lead Teacher
  • Child Care Director
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Infant Lead Teacher

Part Two: Skills needed to thrive in ECE

The second part of the Choosing Your Path series establishes what it takes to be an effective ECE teacher, and we detailed both the hard and soft skills needed to thrive in an ECE career.

One of the standout points from this article was that many of the ECE career skills needed to perform as an effective teacher often overlap, even though the careers differ from one another.

A short and sweet list of skills we identified to thrive in an ECE career include:

  • Lesson planning
  • Child care
  • First aid
  • Special education
  • Caregiving
  • Staff development
  • Educational programs
  • Financial reporting
  • Curriculum design
  • Mathematics
  • Primary care

Part Three: U.S. hot spots for ECE careers

The third installment of the Choosing Your Path series, illustrates the most popular locations for ECE careers in the United States. The article addresses questions including: Where can I find a job in my field? Why aren’t there jobs closer to where I live? If I move, are there jobs for myself and my family?

With those questions to answer, we jump into the research and show more than 100,000 job postings for ECE careers across the country. 

The top U.S. regions including the number of ECE jobs available are as follows:

  • South – 29,839
  • West – 30,720
  • Northeast – 23,086
  • Midwest – 23,388

Hopefully this recap provides a broad overview of everything you need to know about ECE careers. For more detailed information, follow the links and check out the original articles.

Like most things in life, there is always more to learn. To learn the details about a career in ECE, take a look at the 2013 Career Guide to Education. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below or on our School of Education Facebook page.

Source: (An analysis of 107,033 ECE job postings from Feb. 24, 2012 to Feb. 22, 2013)

External links provided on are for reference only. Rasmussen College does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced.

Kendall is an Online Community Specialist at Collegis Education who oversees online communities on behalf of Rasmussen College. She has a passion for social media and enjoys motivating and encouraging former, current and future learners.

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