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Boston Teaching Jobs Increasing

Posted on July 22, 2008

Interested in an education career? Boston teaching jobs are on the rise.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area employed 464,800 people in the education and health services industry in June 2008, an increase of 2.4 percent over the previous year. In 2002, Forbes Magazine ranked the Boston Public Schools system the best large city school system in the country, with an 82 percent graduation rate.

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the health and educational services industry is projected to be among the two fastest growing industries in Boston through 2014, increasing by 16.2 percent and adding 94,450 jobs. Colleges and universities are expected to add 11,900 jobs, and postsecondary teachers should add 8,550 jobs. Those employed in educational services make an average annual wage of $54,590.

Boston Public Schools, the oldest public school system in the country, includes 57,000 students and 145 schools. Some well known schools include: Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, English High and the Mather School.

Boston is home to more than 100 colleges and universities, and 250,000 students attend college in Boston and Cambridge alone. Some colleges and universities include: Harvard University Business School, Harvard University Medical School, Tufts University, Boston University, Northeastern University, Wheelock College, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Suffolk University, New England School of Law, Emerson College, Boston College, University of Massachusetts Boston, Roxbury Community College and Bunker Hill Community College.

Boston also is home to the Art Institute of Boston, Massachusetts College of Art, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Berklee College of Music.

According to the BLS, in June 2008 the education and health services industry employed 18,380,000 people nationwide. In May 2008 there were 687,000 job openings in the industry and 496,000 people were hired.

As of 2007, 8.8 percent of those employed in the industry throughout the country were members of unions and 10 percent were represented by unions. As of June 2008, the nationwide average hourly earnings for those in the industry was $18.75 at an average of 32.6 hours per week. In 2007, full-time workers received a median weekly salary of $671, members of unions received $779, those represented by unions received $781 and non-union members received $657.