Top 5 Careers with an Ed.D

EdDHave your master’s, but itching to move to the next step? An Ed.D can take your career to the next level — and salary bracket.

What’s an EdD?

A Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) is a terminal doctoral degree for people who want to work in education at a management or executive level. With prospective careers ranging from educators of educators, to school district executives, to college presidents, an EdD gives students the tools necessary to lead learning organizations or guide and inspire teachers.

Employment projections for related industries

Luckily, job growth for many Ed.D candidates is looking good. Professional schools, colleges and universities, where someone with an Ed.D might seek a student affairs role or even a deanship or presidency, were named one of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “fastest growing” industries in 2013, with 433,400 new jobs expected to be created between 2012 and 2022.

Management, scientific and technical consulting services (where an Ed.D holder might work with training professionals) are also expected to grow rapidly, with an addition of 456,000 new jobs in between 2012 and 2022. New child day care service (a large source of leadership jobs in education) positions are expected to increase by an additional 196,500.


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Top 5 Careers for an Ed.D

Salary is important in deciding which career you should pursue with an EdD, but so is job availability. Here are a few of the top positions for EdD holders followed by information about which industries pay the best and who’s hiring the most. Be sure to follow the occupation link for more information on employment and pay in your state.

1. Education Administrator

Mean Salary Across Industries: $88,780

Education administrators (which exist at preschool, elementary/secondary, postsecondary, and other levels ) “plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), while keeping an eye on program alignment with state regulations and teacher licensure.

The top employing industry for this occupation is colleges, universities and professional schools (which the BLS estimates pays a mean wage of $105,000), followed closely by junior colleges ($87,670), and technical and trade schools ($79,630).

Salary wise, the scientific research and development service industry (mean salary of $151,830), local government ($127,640) and state government ($105,540) are the highest payers.

2. Training and Development Manager

Mean Salary Across Industries: $107,770

Training and development managers are in charge of planning and directing, you guessed it, all the training and development that happens within an organization — especially if the company is subject to state and federal rules and regulations.

Top employing industries include management of companies and enterprises (which pay a mean salary of $112,430), general medical and surgical hospitals ($110,400), and insurance carriers, while top paying sectors are oil and gas extraction ($146,290) and other information services ($142,360).

3. Education Teachers, Postsecondary

Mean Salary Across Industries: $65,630

Education teachers at a postsecondary level teach courses that relate specifically to education, like “curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language,” according to the BLS.

Both the highest paying and highest employing industries for this job (and in this order!) are colleges, universities, and professional schools (mean salary of $66,210), junior colleges ($66,020), other schools ($54,490), business schools and computer and management training ($52,190), and technical and trade schools ($50,800)

4. Directors, Religious Activities and Education

Mean Salary Across Industries: $60,860

Directors of religious activities or education are in charge of planning and coordinating activities and education within a religious organization, whether it’s a youth group or a Catholic school. Similar to an education administrator, the director of a religious group will need to also incorporate a group’s beliefs and values into his or her educational programs.

Highest employing industries include religious organizations (mean salary of $40,650), elementary and secondary schools ($47,720) and colleges, universities, and professional schools ($56,470). The highest paying positions for directors of religious activities are usually with the federal executive branch (OES designation) ($91,790), general medical and surgical hospitals ($69,260) and social advocacy groups ($63,840).

5. Instructional Coordinators

Mean Salary Across Industries: $93,840

Instructional coordinators are responsible for developing teaching materials, organizing educational content and suggesting relevant technology in helping teachers create lessons plans and conduct their classes.

Top employing industries include elementary and secondary schools ($67,640), colleges, universities, and professional schools ($58,130), and educational support services ($64,400), while top payers include federal executive branch (OES designation) ($88,660), professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers ($83,600), and management, scientific, and technical consulting services ($71,060).