Early Childhood Education
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the demand for early childhood education teachers will grow by about 17 percent in the next ten years. There will be an increase in the number of students who enroll in early childhood education. Teachers should look to their specific region to see whether growth is expected too. Parents of young children will be able to benefit from a decline in the student-teacher ratio in the next ten years. There will be smaller classroom sizes for students who are in their early education years. Teachers will be able to provide more attention for young children between the ages of two and five. They will also be able to focus more on their academic needs.
The demand for elementary education teachers is also expected to grow by 17 percent in the next ten years. While there may be a slight growth in the demand for teachers in the area of elementary education, state budgets will affect whether additional teachers can be hired in the public school system. Teachers will be able to have smaller classroom sizes. They will also be able to focus more on the specialized needs of each individual student in the classroom. More students in southern and western states are expected to enroll in classes. The Northeast is actually expected to have a decline in the number of students who enroll in school. The Midwest is expected to stay constant in the number of students who are enrolled in school.
High School Education
From 2010 to 2020, there will not be a dramatic increase in the demand for high school teachers. The BLS reports that the demand for high school teachers is expected to grow only by seven percent. There will be a decline in the student-teacher ratio in high schools too. Teachers will be responsible for teaching fewer students in the classroom.
There is an expected demand for post-secondary teachers in 2010 to 2020. The BLS reports that the demand for post-secondary educators will increase by about 17 percent. There will be more students attending private colleges and public universities in the next ten years. Students now require additional expertise to enter into competitive fields. There will be an increased demand for professors who are able to educate these young professionals. While there will be an increased demand for qualified professors, whether colleges can hire these professionals will depend on state budgets. If a state government has a deficit in its budget, then it will be unlikely that public colleges are able to hire additional professors. In fact, professors may have to be laid off if they work for public colleges and universities. More professors will be seeking tenure-track positions in the next ten years. As a result, there will be an increased demand for qualified professionals who can serve as adjunct professors in colleges. Qualified professors will be needed in healthcare educational programs in the next ten years.