Educators often pursue early childhood education degree programs because of their desire to establish proper educational foundations and environments for young children. Positive learning experiences help young students thrive, and educators who focus on early childhood studies understand the various developmental and societal influences on early child development. This, in turn, helps them analyze, evaluate, and improve childhood programs and policies.
Early childhood education is a broad field of diverse careers including positions like university professor, agency director, childcare director, social services coordinator, preschool teacher, and more.
The job market for preschool and childcare center directors is projected to increase by a faster-than-average rate of 11% between 2016 and 2026. The median salary was $45,790 in 2016, while the median salary for the top 10% was more than $82,790. The job market for preschool teachers is projected to increase by 10% by 2026. The median salary was $28,790 in 2016, while the median salary for the top 10% was more than $54,310.
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, Preschool and Childcare Center Directors, Preschool Teachers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm.
†PayScale.com. Doctorate (PhD) Education Degree Average Salary; Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree Average Salary; Educational Specialist Salary; Public Policy Associate Salary; Bachelor of Science (BS/BSc); Early Childhood Education Degree Average Salary, on the Internet at www.payscale.com/research/us/.
‡ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool and Childcare Center Directors,on the internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/preschool-and-childcare-center-directors.htm
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