Education and Training

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    The Education and Training cluster is about using your ability to motivate and your love of people to provide education and training that reaches individuals of all ages and across a range of industries. Careers include teaching in a classroom, leading as a college president and serving in your community as a social worker.

    Increased enrollment in middle schools and larger class sizes should increase employment of middle school teachers. During this time period a number of older teachers are expected to retire, which is expected to improve job prospects for younger educators. Employment also is expected to increase for preschool teachers due to higher enrollment. The increased emphasis on early childhood education is driving the demand for pre-school teachers. Job prospects should be better for teachers with a bachelor’s degree and those who have prior experience working with preschool-aged children.

    Employment Projections: 2016-2026*

    The Education & Training cluster is expected to employ nearly 27,500 by 2026.  The Education & Training cluster is expected to have the fourth highest percentage of job growth in Virginia among all clusters through 2026 (13%).  These figures are based on Trailblazers analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.*