Special Education Careers

Opportunities are growing in the field of special education

The 2008-2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook ranks careers in special education as among the fastest growing.

"The number of special education teachers is expected to increase by 15 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations."

The career field of Special Education is made up of more than teachers, though they make up the largest group of professionals.

Special Education professionals provide a whole range of services and support to children with disabilities, from mobility, feeding and hand over hand support to physical therapy. Preparation for these jobs can be on the job training for high school graduates to specific certification programs that require Master's or Doctoral degrees.

Job opportunities in special education:

  • Physical Therapists: PT's provide support for children with physical disabilities to help them with ambulation (walking or getting around in a wheel chair) and the other physical requirements of daily living. Master's degrees are required for physical therapy.