3. Early Childhood Social and Community Service Manager
Applying what you learn as an early childhood educator outside the classroom can be appealing to those who are interested in business and working with children. One such career path is social and community service manager, professionals who coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations focused on young children.
For instance, teachers craft curriculum that they then implement directly with children. In contrast, social and community service managers manage the people who implement the programs they create. Social and community service managers are also responsible for collecting appropriate data to show the effectiveness of their programs.
The median wage for social and community service managers is almost $65,000, according to the BLS. Most employers in this industry prefer candidates who have a master’s degree and prior work experience. Coursework in statistics, program management and policy analysis can also give you an extra boost, since this job is a combination of roles.
4. Education Administrator
Education administrator positions span well beyond the role of principal. At a preschool or childcare center, the education administrator plans, directs or coordinates all the facility’s activities. This includes both academic and non-academic activities. The overarching responsibility in this role is to provide students a safe and productive learning environment.
Being an education administrator means your actual job title can vary. Preschool director, head start director, and child care center administrator are just a few possibilities. They have similar responsibilities and typically require a master’s degree and work experience as a teacher or in a prior management role.
The average salary for this position is around $52,000, according to the BLS. Additional skills that can positively influence base salary include administration, personnel management and operations management.
5. Post-Secondary Educator
Teaching future early childhood educators is another possibility with an early childhood education concentration. Teaching at the collegiate level requires at least a master’s degree, if not a Ph.D. It is also helpful to have work experience either as an early childhood teacher or in a related career.
Post-secondary educators can also conduct research and publish scholarly content in their fields. The amount of time you could spend teaching depends on your institution as well as your specific position. Working at this level also offers some professional flexibility since you don’t have to teach full-time. Adjunct faculty — those who teach part-time — usually have another job in their field, which qualifies them to be adjunct professors and gives them a vested interest in teaching future professionals.
Job growth in this overall market is almost double the national average, according to the BLS. Growth is projected at 13 percent from 2014 to 2024. This includes both full-time and part-time faculty. The availability of opportunities as a post-secondary educator correlates directly with college and university enrollments, which are rising.
While salaries can vary by institution and are affected by working part time vs full time, according to the BLS, the median wage for a post-secondary educator overall is around $75,000. For a faculty member in education, the median is around $63,000. However, since most faculty work part time, possibly at more than one college and university, it’s difficult to estimate an accurate average wage for this type of career arc.