Choosing Your Path (Part 1): 5 In-Demand ECE Careers

You know you enjoy helping children. You also know you want a job in education that is both personally and financially rewarding. But have you considered earning an early childhood education (ECE) degree?

ECE focuses on the academic, social and cognitive skills that develop in children from birth through preschool. This is the age when children develop the ability to share, follow instructions and learn in a structured setting.  ece-job-titles

And with ECE jobs expected to grow by 25 percent through 2020, the demand for new preschool programs, teachers, directors and assistants is higher than ever.

This installment of Choosing Your Path is dedicated to five of the most in-demand ECE careers.

Preschool Teacher

Description: Preschool teachers work with young children on social, physical and intellectual growth through arts and crafts, music, storytelling, shapes and letters. Preschool teachers instill skills such as learning colors and letter recognition that contribute to the growth needed for students to enter into kindergarten.

Similar Job Titles: Lead Teacher, Infant Lead Teacher and Early Childhood Teacher

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 14,451*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

Lead Teacher

Description: Lead teachers work with other teachers, administrators, students and parents to create a positive and productive school environment.  In addition, lead teachers may act as team leader for hiring and training new teachers as well as to creating lesson plans, assisting with teaching duties and organizing classroom activities.

Similar Job Titles: Infant Lead Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher and Head Start Teacher

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 14,451*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

Child Care Director

Description: Child care directors monitor student progress, provide assistance to students and teachers, set teaching standards, establish policies, procedures and programs to help education goals for young students.

Similar Job Titles: Preschool Director, Education Coordinator and Early Head Start Director

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 19,113*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

Assistant Teacher

Description: Assistant teachers provide extra help such as one-on-one time for students with developmental disabilities and students for whom English is a second language. In addition to providing extra assistance to these students, they also tutor children, observe children’s behavior and performance and organize activities to promote physical, mental and social development.

Similar Job Titles: Teacher Assistant, Paraprofessional and Special Education Teaching Assistant

Education Required: Associate’s degree

Job Postings: 18,022*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 10-19 percent

Infant Lead Teacher

Description: An infant lead teacher establishes education plans for children from six weeks to three years old. These plans typically include support for emotional, linguistic, intellectual, physical and social growth that is appropriate to the age of the child and their stage of development.

Similar Job Titles: Lead Teacher, Childcare Worker and Infant Teacher

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 38,763*    

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

Did one of these job descriptions pique your interest? There are several career options available in ECE that are not only personally fulfilling, but also support the development of young children. Download the 2013 Career Guide to Education to get started on your ECE career path.

Be sure to keep watch for the second installment of the Choosing Your Path series called the “Skills Needed to Thrive in ECE.”

 

*Source: BurningGlass.com (Analysis of 90,349 job postings; 02/15/12 to 02/13/13)

You know you enjoy helping children. You also know you want a job in education that is both personally and financially rewarding. But have you considered earning an early childhood education (ECE) degree?

ECE focuses on the academic, social and cognitive skills that develop in children from birth through preschool. This is the age when children develop the ability to share, follow instructions and learn in a structured setting.  

 

And with ECE jobs expected to grow by 25 percent through 2020, the demand for new preschool programs, teachers, directors and assistants is higher than ever.

This installment of Choosing Your Path is dedicated to five of the most in-demand ECE careers.

Preschool Teacher

Description: Preschool teachers work with young children on social, physical and intellectual growth through arts and crafts, music, storytelling, shapes and letters. Preschool teachers instill skills such as learning colors and letter recognition that contribute to the growth needed for students to enter into kindergarten.

Similar Job Titles: Lead Teacher, Infant Lead Teacher and Early Childhood Teacher

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 14,451*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

 

Lead Teacher

Description: Lead teachers work with other teachers, administrators, students and parents to create a positive and productive school environment.  In addition, lead teachers may act as team leader for hiring and training new teachers as well as to creating lesson plans, assisting with teaching duties and organizing classroom activities.

Similar Job Titles: Infant Lead Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher and Head Start Teacher

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 14,451*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

 

Child Care Director

Description: Child care directors monitor student progress, provide assistance to students and teachers, set teaching standards, establish policies, procedures and programs to help education goals for young students.

Similar Job Titles: Preschool Director, Education Coordinator and Early Head Start Director

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 19,113*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

 

Assistant Teacher

Description: Assistant teachers provide extra help such as one-on-one time for students with developmental disabilities and students for whom English is a second language. In addition to providing extra assistance to these students, they also tutor children, observe children’s behavior and performance and organize activities to promote physical, mental and social development.

Similar Job Titles: Teacher Assistant, Paraprofessional and Special Education Teaching Assistant

Education Required: Associate’s degree

Job Postings: 18,022*

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 10-19 percent

 

Infant Lead Teacher

Description: An infant lead teacher establishes education plans for children from six weeks to three years old. These plans typically include support for emotional, linguistic, intellectual, physical and social growth that is appropriate to the age of the child and their stage of development.

Similar Job Titles: Lead Teacher, Childcare Worker and Infant Teacher

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Job Postings: 38,763*    

Projected Job Growth through 2020: 20-28 percent

 

Did one of these job descriptions peak your interest? There are several career options available in ECE that are not only personally fulfilling, but also support the development of young children.  Download the

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Kendall is a Social Media Strategist at Collegis Education who is focused on bringing awareness and engagement to Rasmussen College's social media properties. She is passionate about helping others, the power of education and building strategies that put the needs of students first. 

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