Education as a career is as broad as the career spectrum itself. You can start your learning experience to become any kind of educator here, at Southwestern, however our program is focused primarily on early childhood and elementary education.

You may want to also browse the careers in Arts & Humanities, Science & Math, and Social Science.

Generate ideas here, then connect with our staff advisors or your faculty advisor to make a plan. There are frequently many education paths to a target occupation, and there are many occupations your education could apply to! Some occupations in this area have short-term certificates that expand your opportunities as you learn.

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occupation (click on name for Oregon profile!) National Average Pathway Level
Bachelor Bachelor Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy T $50,650  
Bachelor Bachelor Education Administrators, All Other $78,210  
Master Master Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary $92,510  
Bachelor Bachelor** Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare $45,790 Bachelor
Bachelor Bachelor Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Educati $55,800  
Bachelor Bachelor Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education $52,620  
Bachelor Bachelor Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/ $56,720  
Associate Associate** Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education $28,790 AAS
Bachelor Bachelor Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Care $58,030  
Bachelor Bachelor Special Education Teachers, All Other $53,860  
Bachelor Bachelor Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Eleme $57,040  
Bachelor Bachelor Special Education Teachers, Middle School $58,560  
Bachelor Bachelor** Special Education Teachers, Preschool $52,460 Bachelor
Bachelor Bachelor Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $59,700  
Some College Certificate** Teacher Assistants $25,410 30/50 credits
Bachelor Bachelor Teachers And Instructors, All Other, Except Substi $30,110