Education Career Cluster


The Education cluster is a group of industries associated with teaching and improving learning. Careers in these fields typically involve communicating, inspiring, motivating, understanding, planning, managing, and providing education and related learning support services. Opportunities exist in public, private, religiously-affiliated schools and educational-support organizations. 

How NIU Gets You There

NIU offers a variety of academic pathways, activities and access to organizations to help you get started on your journey toward a career in education. In addition to the majors, you should volunteer or work in an educational setting to help you identify the age group and subjects you’re interested in, network, join related student organizations and participate in activities early in your time at NIU and progress to leadership roles by graduation.

Suggested Activities

Explore Your Skills

Skills needed for this cluster:

  • Abilities: creative, organizational, physical stamina, speaking, writing
  • Social: communication, cultural sensitivity, interpersonal, listening
  • Personal: critical-thinking, patience, resourceful

Get more information about occupations and skills related to career clusters.


Industries in this career cluster include:

  • Childcare
  • Community and Social Services
  • Museums and Libraries
  • Pre-K – 12 Schools
  • Sports and Recreation

Related NIU Majors

Learn more about career paths related to this cluster, possible job titles, internships obtained by NIU students and employers who have hired NIU graduates.

  • Art and Design Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Teaching and Learning
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Secondary Education (English, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science)
  • Special Education