• 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: 2014-2024*

    The Education & Training cluster, which employed about 225,400 Virginians in 2014, is expected to employ nearly 29,400 more over the decade, for a total of about 254,800 workers by 2024. This represents 13 percent growth in Virginia over the decade, well exceeding the anticipated national average growth of 8 percent among all occupations in this cluster, based on Trailblazers analysis of information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.*