There is a demand for graduates in teaching, with shortages in the subject areas of maths and science. However there are all sorts of other areas other than teaching that you can go into within a professional career in education.

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You could also consider a career in careers guidance, which is covered in our career sector on HR and employment (also take a look at the Career Development Institute). Of course, education comes into all the sectors, and you may well end up teaching or mentoring in all sorts of different professions. You could also browse through our career sector on management.

Jobs and salaries

Most commonly, jobs in education are those related to teaching, training and assessing within a scholastic society.  However, education also occurs outside of the traditional schooling environment, for example in areas including adult and community learning, the voluntary sector and even work-based learning.  For more information on what types of jobs are available within the educational profession, visit the Society for Education and Training (SET) website

However, if it is teaching you want to get into, take a look at the Department for Educations' pages on becoming a teacher. You could also find out about becoming a teaching assistant.

Perhaps you already know which subject you would like to teach? Take a look at the support available for teachers within specific subject areas:

Some other roles within the education sector:

Find out about teacher salaries.

Routes and qualifications

There are various routes to becoming a teacher. Find out more about what you need and which option is right for you.

There is a wide range of advice on how to enter into an educational profession, for example from the College of Teachers and the Society for Education and Training.

The College of Teachers - the UK's professional educational institute for teachers - supports the teaching profession through networks of membership and qualifications. There is information on qualifications and courses.

Funding and support

There is funding available for all the main routes of teacher training.

Tax free bursaries and scholarships are available for teaching specific subjects. 

What’s it really like to work in this sector? 

Take a look at our career videos and find out from those already working in education.

Find out what life is like as a teacher.

  • Teaching can be extremely challenging, however many teachers get great satisfaction from watching their pupils learn.
  • Working hours are generally Mon-Fri 8am-6pm although not all this time is spent in the classroom.
  • Teachers get up to 13 weeks a year holiday while lecturers get around 30 days, and the chance to catch up on research during university vacations. Although the holidays appear generous, jobs in the education sector involve preparation time and work out of hours to complete administration and marking.
  • There are training bursaries available for some postgraduate courses and for priority subjects golden hellos are paid.

How many jobs are there in this sector?

Education is the third largest sector in the UK in terms of how many it employs, so join in!

Most teaching jobs are advertised with local authorities. For other roles, go to the professional bodies representing them via the links above, and find out where the best places to find work are.

Location, location, location 

There are opportunities throughout the UK. In addition to this there are numerous opportunities abroad with countries in the EU, Africa and Asia often requiring English language teachers.

Will a career in Education suit me?

  • For most jobs it’s important to enjoy working with people and have good organisational skills.
  • Oral and written skills are vital and if you wish to teach a thorough knowledge of the subject area is vital.
  • Being able to motivate others and give constructive criticism is also important.
  • To teach in schools or to lecture in higher education people normally need a degree or postgraduate qualification.
  • School teachers normally hold a qualification giving them Qualified Teacher Status, there are a number of routes to this and the Graduate Teacher Program allows you to train while you work if you need to continue earning.