Top job trends in education in 2013:
Instructional technology: While definitions of instructional technology vary, professionals in this field agree that education is a process, and technology is a powerful way to facilitate learning. Instructional technology utilizes available resources to enable effective learning, tailored to the needs of the audience or community they are serving. The Los Angeles Independent School District implementing the goal of providing an iPad for each high school student it serves is just one example of how education is evolving to embrace technology. Professionals in instructional technology ensure the effectiveness of these cutting-edge educational initiatives.
A career in education is one of the noblest professions, and one that is deeply gratifying and rewarding. I am excited that my family members who are educators have such interesting and innovative career options available to them, enabling them to help students achieve success in pioneering new ways. Our nation’s students deserve nothing less.
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I think teaching has become one of the hardest professions. I love meeting teachers that have the passion for their job.
Justin Blackburn says
Wonderful article! My fiance is an educator and we talk often about the difficulties facing teachers and administrators in today’s schools. It is good to see that available jobs are being filled and new ways of educating our future are being implemented. The one thing that has changed in the years since I attended 1st-12th grade is parents beliefs that their child is entitled to good grades, most times at the expense of hard work and knowledge.
heidi c. says
I would hope that there are always job opportunities in teaching as it is an undervalued but oh so necessary career!
Gail Williams says
As a grandmother over 60 I am interested in early childhood development education. I have been a granny nanny for one of my granddaughters and knew how important the one on one stimulation was to increased intelligence and IQ. Good article to consider.
Tina F says
there needs to be more training with special needs with school staff including teachers
JJ Caraway says
I am all for a pay raise for educators that do their jobs because it is so important for our children to learn and be able to be an important part of society and live a productive life. I have a special needs grandson and have encountered therapist that are in it just for the pay which by the way we no longer attend therapy through them. I believe they have to enjoy what they do to perform and be able to help others through what they share.
June S. says
This is great foe a younger person in the job force. I have noticed lately that know one seems to be mentioning how a lot of these big companies are forcing older employee’s that have been with the company along time into early retirement. Or just letting them go, because they know that they can hire a new younger person for half the amount of pay. I think it is crap, I know at least three people that this has happened to.
Julie Wood says
It is good to know that there are teaching jobs for those who want to get an education in this field. I think being a teacher is such a high calling, and getting the best education to begin a career in this field is so desirable. I think that young people need to look into this field when contemplating a career.
Jennifer Hiles says
I work in an ITS department so I’m interested in Instructional technology. I’m a very hands on person myself. Reading about it doesn’t seem to do much for me. I like to dig in and be hands-on.
Teaching is a hard job as I used to be a special education teacher and spent every night scheduling my paraprofessionals with different students as requested by the parents as well as weekends working on lesson plans. I spent more time doing case management rather than the actual aspect of instruction which I missed.
I’ve never stopped to consider all of the different career trajectories for educators! I just think teacher when I think of teaching professions. The museum educator job sounds like it’d be so interesting!
Dianna Thomas says
I too am from a family of educators– myself as well, in sort–since we have taken on the job to home school our children. To me there has been such and over load put on teachers and not enough extras for them to do the best job they possible can do.. So many times they get their hands tied because of the district or community they live in, and have personally seen both teacher and students suffer for it. But I totally agree it is one of the most rewarding things in life to see the little light bulbs go on when a small person gets a concept in math or is delight to understand something in science. I would never change this feeling or job for the world to help them grow into great people,one day.