Let's Explore Education and Training!

Welcome to the Education and Training Pathway

Explore careers that focus on providing learning services and resources. This pathway prepares students for diverse roles from teaching to career counseling, equipping them with the skills necessary to educate, train, and support learners of all ages.

Careers Within the Industry

From teaching in classrooms to coordinating instructional programs, careers in Education and Training offer a wide array of opportunities to make a significant impact on learners and the education system. Here are some exciting career paths you can explore:

Library Technicians

Library Technicians assist librarians by helping to acquire, prepare, and organize materials, as well as by providing services to users.

Preschool Teachers

Preschool Teachers educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. They teach language, motor, and social skills to young children.

Coaches and Scouts

Coaches and Scouts instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. They evaluate athletes’ strengths and weaknesses to improve their performance.

Elementary-High School Teachers

Elementary-High School Teachers instruct students in various academic subjects, preparing them for higher education and the workforce.

School Counselors

School Counselors help students develop academic and social skills. They work with students to overcome challenges and plan for their future educational and career paths.

School Administrators

School Administrators oversee the operations of schools, including managing staff, budgeting, and ensuring educational standards are met.

Interpreters and Translators

Interpreters and Translators convert information from one language into another language. They work in various settings, including schools, hospitals, and courtrooms.

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional Coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation, and assess its effectiveness.

Education and Training Careers in Action

Connor Lynse is a Lego robotics and technology teacher at Steins Pillar Elementary School in Prineville. He loves coming to work every day to see his students. In the summer, he leads a natural resources team in remote areas of Southern Oregon.

Jessica West is a health and sciences teacher at Henley High School. She teaches students about opportunities in the health and medical field. West loves living in a small town where everyone knows each other and community ties are strong.

Erica is the elementary education lead at Talent Maker City, a nonprofit in Talent, Oregon. Their goal is to provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education to students and community members. She also teaches beginner courses on computer science and Spanish.

Dominic Herrera is a CTE (Career Technical Education) teacher at Eagle Ridge High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Despite years in construction, he had never envisioned himself as a teacher. Yet, this unplanned shift opened a new avenue where Dominic found his true calling.

Is This Career Path Right for You?

If you enjoy communicating with different types of people, handling several responsibilities at once, going to school, or helping others, a career in Education and Training might be perfect for you. This pathway is ideal for those who are friendly, helpful, good listeners, decision makers, and innovative and inquisitive.

Essential Interests:

  • Enjoy communicating with different types of people
  • Interested in handling several responsibilities at once
  • Passionate about going to school
  • Like helping others

Essential Skills:

  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving abilities
  • Innovation and inquisitiveness

Essential Knowledge:

  • Understanding of child development and psychology
  • Knowledge of early childhood and human development
  • Familiarity with language arts, psychology, and science/social studies

Career Planning Action Plan​

Get prepared for a career in education and training!

STEP 1: start by taking classes in any of the following subject areas:

  • Child Development/Psychology: learn about the growth and development of children.
  • Early Childhood Development: study the stages of early childhood and how to support young learners.
  • Human Development: understand the physical, emotional, and social development of humans throughout the lifespan.
  • Language Arts: improve skills in reading, writing, and communication.
  • Psychology: explore the science of behavior and mental processes.
  • Science/Social Studies: gain knowledge in various scientific fields and understand social structures and histories.

STEP 2: explore and plan your career path:

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your interests.
  • Identify relevant classes and dual-credit opportunities.
  • Explore community activities for skill-building.
  • Research jobs on the Quality Info Website.

STEP 3: assess and refine your career goals:

  • Create a career and college plan with your advisor.
  • Complete the interest profile, skills assessment, and reality check on the Oregon CIS Website.
  • Watch Career Journey Videos to gain insights from industry professionals.

Meet Sassy, Your Career Exploration Guide

Sassy helps Oregon middle and high school students explore career and trade pathways.

Education and Training in Oregon

Career Planning

High-demand Jobs in Oregon

Here are three careers in high demand right now in Oregon.

Elementary School Teachers

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $76,517

Duties: Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

Why it's in demand: As foundational educators, elementary school teachers are essential for developing young students' academic and social skills, making this a critical and high-demand profession.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teachers

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $64,300

Duties: Instruct students in vocational and technical subjects such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts.

Why it's in demand: With the focus on skill-based education and job readiness, the need for CTE teachers who can prepare students for specific trades and careers is on the rise.

School Counselors

Education: Master's Degree

Annual Average Wage: $63,200

Duties: Help students develop academic and social skills, overcome challenges, and plan for their future educational and career paths.

Why it's in demand: With the increasing need for mental health support and academic guidance in schools, the demand for school counselors is rising.

Essential Student Links for Further Exploration

Career OneStop

Career OneStop Take this 30-question interest assessment to help you match your interests with exciting careers.

Link to Interest Assessment | Career OneStop
Career Journeys

Career Journeys Watch young Oregonians in high-demand trades share their career journeys and give you a window into their workday.

Watch the Career Journeys Stories
Oregon Career Pathways

Oregon Career Pathways: Explore career pathways through the Oregon Employment Department to understand the education and training needed for different occupations. Learn which jobs are in highest demand and what they pay.

Oregon Career Pathways
Oregon Department of Education Career Exploration

Community & Workforce Training: The Business and Management Career Learning Area focuses on the business and entrepreneurial needs of Oregon’s students as they prepare to enter and succeed in the world of business. The careers in this area span virtually every industry in the world.

Oregon Department of Education Business and Management Page
The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS): provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. We work with schools, colleges, social agencies, and businesses who provide career guidance and employee development services. They use CIS products with their students, clients, customers, and employees to assist them with the process of career planning or career transition.

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

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