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High Demand Sector: Education

Industry Profile: Education

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) defines the Education sector as comprised by establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers. These establishments may be privately owned and operated for profit or not for profit, or they may be publicly owned and operated. They may also offer food and/or accommodation services to their students.

Relevant Industry Data:
Supply is lower than the National Average for Education Occupations in the District. An average area the size of the District would have 57,120 employees. There are 46,338 employees in DC. This higher than expected supply may make it easier to find candidates. The gap between expected and actual employment is expected to narrow over the next 5 years.

  • The number of unique Job Postings in the last 12 months was 11,258
  • Jobs in this industry can be found in Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools (27.5%), Elementary and Secondary Schools (20.2%) Education and Hospitals (15.2%), Child Day Care Services (6.8%).
  • The median compensation is $32.06 per hour, 35% higher than the National median wage of $23.78 per hour.
  • 68.6% of high demand Education jobs in the District are held by females.
  • 55.2% of high demand Education jobs in the District are held by racial minorities.
  • 69.3% of high demand Education jobs in the District are held by individuals ages 25-54.

*The data provided in the section above is derived from the Lightcast Occupations Snapshot Report for the District of Columbia, and is based on 26 occupations all in Job Zones 1-5.

The top 10 employers for the Education industry within the last 12 months are: Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, Howard University, Trinity Washington University, University of the District of Columbia, District of Columbia Public Schools, University of Washington, Tensquare and United States Congress.

Mayors 2023 to 2028 Comeback Plan: Occupations within this industry align with the Education and Research Industry outlined within the Mayors Comeback Plan.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares secondary and post-secondary adult students which aligns this industry with their Education and Training Industry.

Wage and Unique Postings information captured in the chart reflects August 2023 Lightcast Occupations Report data and will be updated annually.

Click on the links below to view the Career Pathway Maps and High-Demand Occupations for the Education Industry:

EDU Rec-Teacher Career Pathways Final.pdf
EDU Teacher Career Pathways Final.pdf
High Demand Occupations List FY2024.pdf