"I want an education job, but I don't have a teaching degree." Sound like something you might say? If you think that going to college is the only way you'll ever be able to get a job in education, you might want to reconsider. There are a lot of education jobs you can get with just a high school diploma or a GED.
For instance, many teaching assistant jobs, school bus driver jobs, cafeteria worker jobs and even nanny jobs don't require that you have a degree. These education jobs are a great way to get experience in this field and as a bonus, you'll feel really good about the work you're doing.
Education jobs outlook
It's a great time to get into the education field, especially if you're interested in teaching. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS
), the education industry is expected to grow by 12 percent over the next decade. On average, teachers (without degrees) make just over $10 an hour. Bus drivers, janitors and teaching assistants make, on average, between $22,000 and $25,000 a year. Many education jobs do require that you have at least a high school diploma, especially for teaching assistant jobs. One way to advance in this field is to get an online degree, either in education, teaching or school administration.