The Virtual Vocations Guide to Remote Education Jobs is a remote jobseeker resource and action plan for finding and applying to remote jobs in education—one of the top five telecommuting career categories among all home-based occupations.
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Guide to Remote Education Jobs
Education is a major occupational group category monitored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As of May 2019, BLS estimates document 8,886,600 U.S. professionals working in education. Remote jobs in education can be found in support positions, teaching roles, leadership and administration occupations, and specialized fields like speech-language pathology, literacy, and counseling. Most Americans working in education live in the following states:
- New York
However, the highest concentration of education jobs are found in these states:
- New York
- New Jersey
Related: Learn more about working remotely in your state by visiting the Virtual Vocations directory of Remote Work and Telecommuting Jobs State Resources.
Remote Education Industry Overview
Since 2015, education has been one of the top telecommuting career fields applied to by Virtual Vocations members. The growing market for public and private online learning options at all levels of education has increased the demand for education-based remote jobs.
From 2018 to 2019, the number of available remote education jobs found in the Virtual Vocations job board grew by 47.70%.
Projected Education Industry Job Growth
The education industry can expect 5% job growth from 2018 to 2028, according to the BLS. This level of job growth is about as fast as average for all U.S. occupations.
“About 512,900 new jobs are projected to be added from 2018 to 2028. Enrollment is projected to increase at both the college and university level and among public elementary and secondary schools, therefore postsecondary teachers and preschool, elementary and secondary school teachers will be needed to meet the demand.”
However, the BLS also points out that the availability and longevity of education-based occupations are determined by federal, state, and local budgets. Lean budgeting periods can restrict employment growth in the education sector.
The BLS tracks projected job growth across several niche education roles. Listed below is a breakdown of how those remote-enabled education fields are expected to grow through 2028:
- Postsecondary Teachers: 11% growth (155,000 new jobs added)
- School and Career Counselors: 8% growth (27,200 new jobs added)
- Postsecondary Education Administrators: 7% growth (13,500 new jobs added)
- Preschool Teachers: 7% growth (36,900 new jobs added)
- Instructional Coordinators: 6% growth (11,500 new jobs added)
- High School Teachers: 4% growth (38,200 new jobs added)
- Teacher Assistants: 4% growth (55,400 new jobs added)
- Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals: 4% growth (11,200 new jobs added)
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: 3% growth (53,100 new jobs added)
- Middle School Teachers: 3% growth (21,400 new jobs added)
- Special Education Teachers: 3% growth (13,600 new jobs added)
- Career and Technical Education Teachers: -1% decline (-1,800 jobs lost)
- Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers: -10% decline (-7,000 jobs lost)
Expected Education for Education Industry Professionals
Most remote education jobs require a bachelor’s degree; however, some education positions, like those in postsecondary teaching and administration, require a master’s degree. Support level education roles and teaching positions in preschools may be filled by qualified candidates with an associate’s degree or some college study accompanied by relevant work experience. Furthermore, education requirements vary based on the hiring institution as well as state requirements, which may include certifications, licenses, and a certain number of continued, annual professional development hours.
To aid your remote job search, we have outlined a list of baseline education requirements for popular remote jobs in the education industry.
- Postsecondary Teachers – Homebased
- School and Career Counselors – Homebased
- Postsecondary Education Administrators – Homebased
- Instructional Coordinators – Homebased
- Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals – Homebased
- Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers – Homebased
- Career and Technical Education Teachers – Homebased
- High School Teachers – Homebased
- Middle School Teachers – Homebased
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers – Homebased
- Special Education Teachers – Homebased
- Homebased Preschool Teachers
Some College, No Degree
- Homebased Teacher Assistants
Remote Education Job Options
Full-time remote education professionals usually work 40 hours or more per week. Education professionals may also need to work in the evenings and on weekends in order to accommodate class schedules, especially if they work for a virtual school.
The type of employer will also impact the education professional’s calendar. While many K-12 and university education professionals work a standard 10-month school year, other education positions, like those in school administration and curriculum coordination, could be year-round positions. Remote teaching and telecommute tutoring jobs are also popular among educators who want to supplement their income with part-time, independent contracting opportunities.
Visit the Virtual Vocations job board to search for remote education jobs that suit your skills and professional experience. To this end, you can jumpstart your remote job search by exploring current remote job openings in the following popular remote education job categories.
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- Adjunct Faculty Member – Remote
- Chemistry Teacher – Remote
- Curriculum Specialist – Remote
- Education Coordinator – Remote
- Elementary School Teacher – Remote
- Guidance Counselor – Remote
- High School Teacher – Remote
- Instructional Designer – Remote
- Instructor – Remote
- K-8 Teacher – Remote
- Middle School Teacher – Remote
- Professor – Remote
- Scorer – Remote
- Spanish Teacher – Remote
- Teacher – Remote
- Test Rater – Remote
- Tutor – Remote
Remote Education Wages Data
When researching and applying to remote education jobs, it is important to know median annual wages as well as salary ranges for your specialty. Although education salaries will vary based on the type of work, the jobseeker’s experience level, and the financial health of the employer, remote education professionals can expect to earn above-average wages.
“The median annual wage for education, training, and library occupations was $50,790 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810,” according to the BLS.
BLS data also monitors salary data based on location. Within the U.S., these are the top-paying locations for education-related occupations as well as the annual mean wage for each area:
- Washington, D.C.: $80,700
- New York: $73,130
- Massachusetts: $70,560
- Rhode Island: $68,830
- Connecticut: $67,460
Median Annual Wages for Remote Education Jobs
This list of median annual wages and salary ranges for remote education jobs will give jobseekers midpoint wage expectations for a variety of widely available telecommuting education careers as well as appropriate ranges within which they can negotiate salaries with a new employer. The figures below are based on education-related salaries reported by the BLS for May 2019 and annual earnings reported to the PayScale Data & Career Research Center.
Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $96,400 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $51,000 – $132,000
Postsecondary Education Administrators
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $95,410 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $39,000 – $132,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $79,540 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $37,000 – $72,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $66,290 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $47,000 – $85,000
High School Teachers
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $61,660 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $36,000 – $77,000
Special Education Teachers
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $61,030 per year
Middle School Teachers
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $59,660 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $35,000 – $72,000
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $59,420 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $33,000 – $70,000
Career and Technical Education Teachers
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $58,110 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (December 2019): $32,000 – $58,000
School and Career Counselors
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $57,040 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $38,000 – $73,000
Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $54,350 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (April 2020): $29,000 – $53,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $30,520 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $20,000 – $50,000
BLS Median Annual Wage (May 2019): $27,920 per year
PayScale Salary Ranges (May 2020): $15,000 – $35,000
Remote Education Jobs Jobseeker Action Plan
Virtual Vocations provides jobseekers with the tools, information, and resources to conduct a safe, efficient, and high-quality remote job search. We also recognize that finding and landing the right remote job takes time.
The following action plan outlined here in our Guide to Remote Education Jobs will provide remote education jobseekers with actionable steps they can take now to progress their remote job searches.
Include Core Skills in Your Resume
A well-written, keyword-optimized resume will help set you apart from the competition. When crafting your resume, it is essential to include core skills. Here are some examples of how to showcase your core education skills in a resume submitted for a remote job opening.
Explore Remote-Enabled Companies Continuously Hiring in Education
Virtual Vocations researched remote-enabled education companies to highlight employers known for hiring telecommuting education professionals. For each employer, we have provided examples of remote jobs those employers have been known to fill as well as a link to the employer’s Virtual Vocations company profile. Any available remote job openings with these employers are linked within their profiles. In addition, we have provided a researched company summary and quick-access links to the employer’s website and social media profiles.
View company profiles and active remote job openings for more education companies by searching for education employers in the Virtual Vocations Telecommute Companies Database.
Examples of remote jobs with VocoVision that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote School Speech Language Pathologist, Online Special Education Teacher, Remote Bilingual Spanish School Speech Language Pathologist, Remote Certified School Psychologist, Virtual Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and Telecommute Distance Learning School Speech Language Pathologist.
Examples of remote jobs with K12 that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Telecommute K through 5 General Education Teacher, Remote High School Academic Administrator, Virtual English and Language Arts Curriculum Alignment Contractor, Remote Student Support Program Manager, and Telecommute Middle School English or Social Studies Teacher.
Examples of remote jobs with Connections Academy that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Telecommute Advisory Teacher, Remote Middle School Teacher, Online Social Studies Substitute Teacher, Remote High School Language Arts Teacher, and Telecommute High School Speech Teacher.
Columbia Southern University
Examples of remote jobs with Columbia Southern University that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Online Statistics Faculty Member, Remote Human Resources Faculty Member, Telecommute Information Technology Cyber Security Faculty Member, Remote Occupational Safety and Health Faculty Member, and Online Critical Thinking Faculty Member.
Johns Hopkins University
Examples of remote jobs with Johns Hopkins University that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Online English Language Development Programs Instructor, Telecommute Middle School Math Programs Instructor, Online Math Tutorial Assistant, Remote Instructional Designer, and Online General Teaching Assistant.
Examples of remote jobs with Pearson that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Online Elementary School Substitute Teacher, Telecommute Computer Science Tutor, Remote Academic Placement Advisor, Online Calculus Course Facilitator, and Remote Educational Science Content Specialist.
Examples of remote jobs with Independence University that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote College Admissions Consultant, Online Adjunct Philosophy Instructor, Telecommute College Curriculum Quality Controller, Remote Web Design and Development Emphasis Tutor, and Remote Computer Programming Adjunct Instructor.
Examples of remote jobs with Edgenuity that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote American Sign Language Instructor, Online Spanish Teacher, Virtual Healthcare Science Instructor, Remote Chinese Instructor, and Virtual Earth Space Science Instructor.
Achieve Test Prep
Examples of remote jobs with Achieve Test Prep that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote English Instructor, Homebased American Government Content Writer, Remote Course Instructor, Remote Math Instructor, and Homebased Course Instructor.
Examples of remote jobs with Mindojo that have been found in the Virtual Vocations database include Remote PMP Educational Content Writer, Telecommute Science ACT Prep Author, Remote Master of Finance Curriculum Developer, Virtual CPA Review Accounting Lesson Writer, and Remote LSAT Prep Courses Content Writer.
Use Virtual Vocations Jobseeker Resources
Virtual Vocations is here to help jobseekers who want to work from home in education roles. For example, remote education jobseekers can utilize the following Virtual Vocations jobseeker resources to maximize their hireability and improve their job search prospects.
The Virtual Vocations Career Services department provides the following expert services for entry-level, mid-level, and C-level remote jobseekers:
- Resume assessments
- Resume writing
- Cover letter writing
- LinkedIn profile writing
- Career coaching
E-Courses for Remote Jobseekers
Sign up for Virtual Vocations e-courses via the Telecommute Toolkit page of your Virtual Vocations account.
- Take our Getting Started With Telecommuting e-Course
- Take our Create a Winning Resume Virtual Vocations e-Course
- Take our Mid-Level and Professional Jobseekers e-Course
Telecommute Companies Database
The Virtual Vocations Telecommute Companies Database is filled with more than 20,000 researched company profiles of businesses and organizations known for hiring remote workers. In addition to the 10 remote-enabled employers featured in this Guide to Remote Education Jobs, remote jobseekers can find current openings from all education employers by clicking the button below.
Remote Jobseeker Blog Content
Remote education jobseekers should not miss the following relevant blog posts about successfully preparing for a job search and working from home:
- Teacher Heroes and Remote Learning During COVID-19
- Tips and Tools for Teaching in a Remote Learning Environment During The New Coronavirus
- Online Education Platforms: 5 Options with Free Training Courses
Resumes and Cover Letters
- Resume Mistakes: 10 Errors Employers Will Not Overlook
- Overcoming Anxiety About Adding Accomplishments on Your Resume
- 9 Expert Answers for “What Makes a Good Cover Letter?”
Remote Job Interviews
- Job Interview Follow-Up: The Dos and Don’ts for Remote Jobseekers
- One-Way Video Interviews: Pros, Cons, and How to Prepare
- Informational Interviewing: A Critical Tool for Remote Jobseekers
Career Resources from Virtual Vocations
- Launch Your Remote Career: 11-Step Telecommuting Blueprint
- Resume and Career Coaching Services for Remote Jobseekers
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Virtual Vocations Jobseeker Success Stories
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