17. Elementary education

May 8, 2019

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Median wage early career: $35,000Median wage mid-career: $43,000Unemployment rate: 1.9%Underemployment rate: 15.9%Share with graduate degree: 47.0%

Elementary education is an academic program that prepares future teachers for educating elementary school students (kindergarten through eighth grade). Unlike secondary school teachers, who specialize in a specific discipline like math or English, elementary education teachers study a holistic curriculum that includes all subjects relevant to grades K-8. Despite low salaries, elementary education majors have the second lowest underemployment rate of all majors in the analysis at 15.9 percent.