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Education Consultant

Overview

Education consultants train and advise the educational community on ways to improve the classroom and create the optimal learning environment for students. You may advise teachers, school administrations, school boards, and even government officials. Your duties will vary greatly depending on what part of the education community you are advising but can include overseeing training of educators, assessing classroom or school-wide policy, analyzing data and using it to improve the learning environment, and weighing in on current or potential public policy pertaining to education. You will work full time during regular business hours.

Schooling

Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree and Doctorate advised. You will also likely be expected to have extensive experience in education and/or administration. 

Prospects

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment to grow at a rate of 8%  from 2018 through 2028, which is faster than average. As of May 2018, median income for training and development advisors (a broader category in which this career falls) in education was about $100,000. Concordia University’s more specific projection places median wage between $58,000 and $77,000 per year.

California, New York, Illinois, Texas, and Massachusetts (respectively) have the highest levels of employment in the U.S. for training and development advisors. New Jersey, New York, The District of Columbia, Washington, and Virginia (respectively) are the top paying states in the U.S. for training and development advisors.

Important Qualities

It will help you in this occupation to have skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, instruction, and leadership.