Education as an industry involves a wide variety of types of organizations. Although certified teaching opportunities are probably the most well-known job within this industry, there are teaching opportunities in private, independent, charter and parochial schools that do not require state certification. 

Beyond teaching, working within education can include education consulting; higher education administration such as in student affairs, admissions, student services, and study abroad programs; education policy; teaching English abroad; international education; and education law. 

Job Title Examples:

  • Adult Education Teachers
  • Environmental Education Program Directors
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Career and Employment Counselors
  • Library, Media, and Information Science Specialists
  • College and School Administrators
  • College Professors
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Student Affairs Professionals
  • Education Directors and Museum Teachers
  • Teachers (Pre-K and K12)
  • English as a Second Language Teachers

Skills Needed:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organizational skills

Education and Training:

  • Teaching in public schools in the U.S. usually requires certification. In some states, college graduates can substitute teach in public schools. Check online for teaching qualifications.

Find Opportunities

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Using IrishCompass, LinkedIn, and ND’s alumni association directory called myND is the best way to start on the networking front.

Job Databases:

Please note, it’s common for organizations in this industry to post directly to their own website’s employment pages. It’s recommended to also check these resources for opportunities. 

Catholic Schools

Charter Schools

Public School Teaching Fellows Programs

Teaching Languages

Post-Graduate Teaching Programs

International Education Opportunities

Education Policy

Education Administration, Programs, and Consulting

Higher Education Administration

Teaching Placement Services

Industry Timeline

It is important to note that this industry may not be as active during the standard on-campus recruiting periods. Employers in these fields may operate on a different schedule based on full-time and internship needs. 

Applying and Interviewing


Your resume will often be the first impression for a potential employer.  You want to make sure that your resume is concise, direct, and specific. Ensure that your resume is tailored for the position and for the industry. Highlighting relevant coursework can demonstrate your fit for a particular position. Review our guide on resumes for more information on how to construct one.

Cover Letters

A cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. Use the position description to make specific connections between your skills and experience and what the organization is looking for in a candidate. The cover letter should be concise and well-written—if a potential employer reads your cover letter and is intrigued, they will then read your resume. Your cover letter should not repeat your resume verbatim, but enhance it. Together the cover letter and resume can help land you an interview. Review our guide on cover letters for more information on how to construct one.


Most interviews will contain a mixture of resume based questions (questions about your past experience) and behavioral based questions (your ability to handle prospective situations at work.  Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Review our guide on common interview questions

Preparation is extremely important for interviews. Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. Knowing the differences between the type of educational program with which you are interviewing and other programs is also extremely beneficial. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position. Utilize our resources on how to best prepare yourself to excel in your interview.

It’s also important to be aware that preparing a sample lesson plan and/or teaching a sample lesson may be required during the interview process.

Online Resources

Industry Overview

International Education

Education Administration and Consulting

Education Policy

Education Law

Campus Resources


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Student Clubs:

Employer Examples:

Teaching and Tutoring:

  • City Year
  • Breakthrough Collaborative
  • TNTP Teaching Fellows
  • Boston Teacher Residency

Education Administration and Consulting:

  • College Possible
  • Huron Higher Education Consulting
  • Education Elements

Education Policy:

  • MDRC
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Institute for Higher Education Policy

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