Education & Human Development

Do you like working with people? Roles in education & human development make use of strong communication skills to help others and improve wellbeing. These include teachers as well as childcare providers, community representatives and more who all help others access their personal freedom to decide who to be, what to do and how to live.   

Illustration of 3 workers in education & human development

Why It’s Important to San Diego 

Education & human development employs about one in ten San Diego workers, including educators, childcare workers and service providers for people with disabilities. San Diego County is home to over two dozen colleges and universities and over 750 elementary, middle and high schools.  Education is also a major driver of the economy—UC San Diego alone is estimated to have an annual economic impact of over $16 billion.


People Employed


of all San Diego County jobs


Number of Businesses


  • K–12 education
  • Colleges, universities & professional schools
  • Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities (non-medical)
  • Food, house, vocational rehab, child care and other family services
  • Vocational and other specialized schools
  • Other educational support

The following three sections are available as interactive charts on desktop and tablet devices.

Sector Job Growth 

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What Are the Largest Occupations in This Sector? 

Hover over the bars to see RIASEC interests and typical training and experience, then visit Career Coach to learn more about any of the occupations below.

  • Personal Care Aides: 24,444
  • Postsecondary Teachers: 17,157
  • Teacher Assistants: 14,317
  • Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education: 12,342
  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education: 10,807
  • Office Clerks, General: 7,036
  • Teachers and Instructors, All Other: 6,849
  • Childcare Workers: 6,779
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive: 6,421
  • Substitute Teachers: 5,833

How Do I Start My Career in Education & Human Development? 

Do Some Research  

  • Use Career Coach to explore which occupations align with your interests, get a behind-the-scenes peek at careers and discover local companies

Expand Your Network  

  • Use social media tools like LinkedIn to network with professionals and request informational interviews to ask people about their career path, education and job responsibilities. Check out this video for help getting started.
  • Connect with past teachers to ask about their experience and opportunities to volunteer in the classroom.

Get Hands-on Experience  

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Data source: Emsi Labor Market Analytics, 2020 –