Choosing Your Path (Part 3): U.S. Hot Spots for ECE Careers

The Choosing Your Path series began with the notion that helping children is important to you. You’re also looking for a career that can provide financial and personal stability. In addition, you’re looking for the skills needed to thrive in early childhood education (ECE) field.

But none of these things matter if there are no ECE jobs where you’re located.

Relocating for a job is a topic of conversation that can be both frustrating and invigorating. Those with families may ask things like: 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?

Those for whom relocation is a positive change might be focused more on the excitement and adventure of finding a new career.

So, whether you’re excited and ready to go wherever the wind blows or frustrated and anxious, know that there are more than 100,000 ECE job openings posted around the country.

The map below illustrates by region the number ECE jobs available. It also highlights the top states to find the careers featured in the first part of our Choosing Your Path series.


Below is a sampling of employers from the top five states – California, Texas, Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota – who are currently looking for ECE professionals. Take a look at each of the employers’ websites for a full-range of states that offer ECE career opportunities.

Bright Horizons

Available positions: 110

Search: child care teacher, infant/toddler teacher, child care education coordinator

Knowledge Universe

Available positions: 69

Search: preschool teacher, toddler teacher, lead teacher, assistant center director

Childtime Learning Centers

Available positions: 55

Search: assistant teacher, lead teacher, team leader, teacher


Available positions: 52

Search: childcare director, early education director, assistant preschool director

Montessori Unlimited

Available positions: 51

Search: lead teacher, team lead, assistant teacher

There are clearly ECE jobs out there, regardless of your location. And with a plethora of ECE job postings all over the country, deciding where to go should be the easy part.

So, are you convinced? Do you think ECE might be the career path for you? Be sure to take a look at the 2013 Career Guide to Education for a comprehensive list of careers and skills needed for a career in ECE.

In addition, look for the final Choosing Your Path installment: “A Recap of Careers, Skills and Locations.” If you have further questions, feel free to comment below or visit our School of Education Facebook page!

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Kendall Bird is an Online Community Specialist for Rasmussen College. With her Bachelor’s degree in public relations and a passion for social media, she enjoys writing motivating and enthusiastic blog content to encourage future, current and former students to learn more about their discipline of study. Kendall’s ultimate goal is to generate a positive community through blogging to promote learning and change lives.

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