Do you want to pursue a career in education? With the variety of education positions in the federal government, you’re sure to find an opportunity that’s right for you.

Interested in early childhood education? You can teach pre-kindergarten to children of military families as a civilian program associate for the Department of the Army. Want to make a difference through vocational rehabilitation? You can help federal prison inmates earn a high school diploma as a teacher for the Department of Justice.

Top Agencies with Employees in Education# of Current Employees
Department of the Army6,170
Department of the Air Force5,068
Department of the Navy3,216
Department of Veterans Affairs1,847
Department of Justice1,257
Department of Homeland Security817
Department of Defense749
Department of Agriculture437
Department of Education363
Department of Health and Human Services313

Percentage of Employees in Education% of Current Employees
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities15%
Department of Education9%
Department of the Air Force4%

Top Education Fields# of Current Employees
Training Instruction8,014
Education and Training Technician4,267
General Education and Training3,470
Instructional Systems1,921
Educational and Vocational Training1,243
Vocational Rehabilitation923
Education Services911
Education Program597
Public Health Educator71
Education Research70

Top Positions by RegionPercentage
South Atlantic35.7%
West South Central16.1%
Pacific West13.5%
East South Central8.0%
Mountain West7.6%
West North Central5.8%
East North Central4.4%
Positions Overseas2.6%
Job Series Codes

You can search using keywords or the job series code, a four-digit number corresponding to a government job category. The most common education job series codes are listed below.

1701: General Education and Training

1702: Educational and Training Technician

1710: Educational and Vocational Training

1712: Training Instruction

1715: Vocational Rehabilitation

1740: Educational Services

Did You Know?

The top agencies with employees in education are the Department of the Army, Department of the Air Force and the Department of the Navy.

Sample Positions

Job Title: Educational Research Analyst (1702)
Agency: Department of Defense, Department of Defense Education Activity 
Salary Range: $74,584 to $96,958 per year 
Location(s): Peachtree City Georgia; Okinawa Island, Japan; Sembach, Germany 

As an Educational Research Analyst, you will:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data which involves researching and analyzing critical DoDEA education system problems by specific demographic groups.
  • Manage large scale databases and maintain the databases for various projects in support of the district mission.
  • Develop interview and focus group questions, surveys, and classroom observation protocols for program evaluations.

Job Title: Child Development Center Director
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard 
Salary Range: $55,175 to $86,779 per year 
Location(s): New London, CT 

As a Child Development Center Director, you will: 

  • Develop and implement programs for child care services provided at the unit and developing local child care policies for command approval.
  • Prepare an annual budget and funding request reflecting local child development and family child care program needs and resources.
  • Interview and recommend employment of child development center staff; evaluating, counseling, documenting actions, promoting, and making recommendations of dismissals of employees when necessary.