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Education, Training, and Library Occupation Profiles



Distinct Groups (64): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes250000.htm
Employment: 8,636,430
Mean Hourly Wage: $26.21
Mean Annual Wage: $54,520
Largest Employment Category—Elementary School Teachers--1,392,660
Smallest Employment Category—Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers—1,750
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Education, Training, and Library occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 64 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

The following job types are anticipated to have employment increases of 15% or more between 2016-2026:

Health Specialties Teachers, Post-Secondary Rapid Growth 26%  
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Rapid Growth 24% Video
Business Teachers, Postsecondary Rapid Growth 18%  
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary Rapid Growth 15%  
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary Rapid Growth 15%  
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary Rapid Growth 15%  
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers Rapid Growth 15% or higher Video

The following job types are anticipated to have Numerous Job Openings between 2016-2026:

Teacher Assistants Numerous Job Openings 147,900 (annual) Video
Elementary School Teachers Numerous Job Openings 112,800 Video

For the entire Bright Outlook list, see here.

Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 8,636,430 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $54,520.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Education, Training, and Library group’s mean hourly wage of $26.21, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $54,520.

Did you know?  The top paying metropolitan areas for this job category are in and around large colleges and universities including Ithaca, NY ($91,410), Ann Arbor, MI ($87,310), Iowa City, IA ($79,910) and Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($77,730). At #5, however, is  Fairbanks, AK (with 2,910 individuals making a mean annual wage of $72,560). 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.