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The State of Teaching in Washington


Education professionals have a bright future in Washington state, as confirmed by recent reports from Burning Glass Technologies, a job-market data provider.

The most recent statistics (2018) from Burning Glass Technologies show that the state of Washington offers openings for every profession in education. This includes jobs for tutors, teachers, instructors, professors, specialists, coaches, administrators (both K-12 and colleges/universities), trainers, coordinators, designers, directors, librarians and archivists.

Higher Salaries

Professionals with a master's degree earn more in the field of education in Washington state. The average of state salaries in education is $47,340 per year, and the average salary for those with a master's degree in education is $68,028. The salary differential of over $20,000 indicates the income-boosting potential of a master's degree in education.

Highly Valued Skill Set

Burning Glass found "Teaching" to be the skill category in highest demand in Washington state, with "Education and Training: Teaching" followed by "Education and Training: Education Administration" ranking as the most-requested skill clusters.

This data signals openings across the board for the state's education professionals. It is an opportune time to pursue a career in education with the choice of roles including teacher and administrator at all levels of education.

A Smart Decision

Workers with master's degrees are needed in Washington state. In fact, Burning Glass reported a staggering 49,064 job openings in various fields for professionals with a master's degree.

Educators can benefit from earning a master's degree. Workforce demographics in Washington state show that the career field of "Educational Services" has the most workers with graduate degrees (36.7%) correlating a master's degree with career success in education.

Eastern Washington University offers fully online Master of Education programs with concentrations ranging from early childhood education to adult education. Others include special education, curriculum & instruction, educational leadership and literacy.

Each program was designed to meet specific educational standards. The programs integrate principles from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and more. The online format makes it possible for even the busiest professionals to further their education while continuing to work full time.

Districts in Need of Educators

Recent Burning Glass data reveals 14,426 open positions in "Education Services" in the state of Washington. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro is very much in need of educators — findings show that 73.7% of the state's open positions are in this area.

The Great State of Washington

In addition to being known for its robust job outlook, Washington has a reputation for being environmentally friendly. According to Livability, so much "job-fueled population growth" has led to a corresponding expansion in mass transit.

Washington is one of the nation's most hike- and bike-friendly states, ranking first in the League of American Bicyclists' 2015 list. The state's beautiful mountains and shorelines and its thriving cities make it a great place to call home.

Learn more about Eastern Washington University's online programs in education.


Sources:

Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight

Livability: 8 Reasons to Move to Washington State

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