You might think people with careers in Education & Training are all employed in schools, and many are. But people with teaching skills also are employed across almost all industries to help companies and organizations develop their talent. Like 16 other career clusters that the U.S. Department of Labor defines and tracks, Education & Training takes in multiple sectors and many careers, some of which also might overlap other categories. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook.
Adults using these resources to help students explore careers may also find it helpful to use the Career Journeys Supplemental Materials we’ve prepared for teachers and counselors.
Bringing advocacy skills to higher education
Chaz Kellem is Director at PittServes, a unit of the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Affairs division. Begun with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his career has taken him through the corporate, nonprofit, and higher education sectors.
Public health depends on the environment
As a Women for a Healthy Environment Program Director, Kara Rubio combines her training in public health with an interest in the environment to help schools identify environmental problems and solutions.
Coaching a collegiate sport
As Head Coach of Duquesne University’s soccer team, Chase Brooks explains why coaches in collegiate sports are educators as much as they are trainers or athletes.
To PSU exec, soft skills are essential skills
As Penn State University’s Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development, Debra Roach, PhD, relies as much on skills she learned as a hair stylist as those developed on the way to earning a doctorate.
Combining graphics and technology skills
A Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist for The Christian Academy outside Philadelphia, Ryan Davis said his current job combines everything he loves to do. In his view, anyone who wants a similar career needs “a creative drive.”
Health care is more than doctors and nurses
Malissa Seman is a Project Manager with Allegheny Health Network. Her unusual path to a position in the health sciences gives insight into careers behind the front lines.
Product management involves a little bit of everything
Product management gives Corrie Potter a chance to dabble in every aspect of her business, from the creative elements of product development to sales and training.
Educator loves having a positive impact on youth
Kristin Szewczyk wanted to work in a helping profession and achieved her goal of combining speech pathology and education.
Helping high school students earn college credits
Brenna Jones, Early College Program Director for Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), started her own career in radio before moving into higher ed. Her advice about choosing a path is “keep an open mind.”
Academia brings benefits and challenges of unstructured time
As a University of Pittsburgh Professor and Associate Dean of Medical Research, Donald DeFranco’s work is a combination of teaching and research.
Strengthening connections between high school, higher ed, and community
As Director of Programs & Policy Implementation for Northern Illinois University’s Education Systems Center, Edith Njuguna works to strengthen the alignment between high schools and higher ed.
Pursuing an academic career
Khirsten Scott, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh with a specialty in Black rhetoric and public writing. Her position in higher education and training offers insights into life as a professor.
Taking the law to a different court
Kacie Farmer got her law degree only to learn she didn’t feel cut out for life in a law firm. The legal background still comes in handy, however, as she caters to legal clients for Thomson Reuters.
A passion for teaching
The winner of our Student Video Competition interviewed Karen Lau to find out about her career as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.
Working with animals, but not for a vet or in a zoo
As Education Program Director for Allegheny Land Trust, Julie Travaglini wears many hats. One day, she might be indoors writing lesson plans or grants and the next, she’s in the field immersing them in nature.
Facilitating as a method of teaching
As Faculty Lead of the Fellows Program at Coro Pittsburgh and Professor at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Armani Davis facilitates conversations as a method of teaching and learning.