Education/Childcare Sector Analysis​

EDU Sector Overview

Key takeaways from the landscape analysis for the Education/Childcare Sector in the Chicagoland area:

  • Good occupations requires bachelor’s degree acquisition, but many middle-skills roles with postsecondary credentials or associate’s degrees are in-demand and will continue to grow with potential government investment.
  • Annual job openings are high in this sector, due to retirements and employee movement. Number of people employed in this sector is massive so opportunities always exist.

Overview of Private Training Landscape

Based on Chicagoland CareerPathways, the private training landscape is limited:

  • In education and early childhood, all industry credentials are exclusively delivered in a college or university setting, including gateways credentials (except level 1)
  • Youth job placement programs have potential to place individuals in school-based setting with internship but may be difficult because of required background checks.

Recommended Improvement Strategies for EDU

Based on the landscape analysis, the EdSystems team proposes the following strategies to both prepare residents for living wage roles in the Education/Childcare Sector and meet labor market demands:

  • Expand dual credit pathways in education aligned to College and Career Pathway Endorsement
    • Build “currency” within CCC and at local teacher preparation programs
  • Articulate Bridge programs and Gateways Credentials into AAS and Guided Transfer trajectories, similar to PLA.
  • Increased 2+2 partnerships like ECC-NIU and CCC-ISU where student can complete the bachelor’s program without having to physically commute to a different university

EDU Priority Occupation and Promising Credential Areas

MIDDLE-SKILL CREDENTIAL AREA OCCUPATIONS TYPICAL ENTRY EDUCATION CHICAGOLAND WAGE $/HR CHICAGOLAND PROJECTED GROWTH (10 YR.) ANNUAL CHICAGOLAND JOB OPENINGS TERM
Guided Transfer AA
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Bachelor’s
$25.54
5.1%
582

Secondary School Teacher
Bachelor’s
$39.00
1.7%
1,130

Physical Education (Middle School Teacher)
Bachelor’s
$32.00
1.7%
811

Music Education (Secondary School Teacher)
Bachelor’s
$39.00
1.7%
811

Special Education
Bachelor’s
$32.00
1.8%
133

Elementary Education
Bachelor’s
$32.00
1.8%
1,573

Child Development: Pre-school Education
Preschool Teacher
Associate
$15.58
8.3%
1,011
Childcare Worker
High School Diploma
$12.40
1.4%
1,852

Teacher Assistant
Some College
$14.00
3.2%
2,368

Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare
Bachelor's
$25.14
8%
113

EDU Pathway Progressions​

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