Should I major in Education or Business?

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As of right now, I am an elementary education major. However, I have had thoughts of maybe switching to some kind of business degree such as business management or marketing. Here is why I am on the fence:

Elementary Education: I like kids. I think the job could be fun (of course having bad days). Benefits are great! Being a male will help me land a job. It would give me an opportunity to coach a sports team which is something I’ve always had an interest in. However, the salary is low and I have no idea how I will feel about teaching 3-5 years down the road.

Marketing/Management: The company I work for (Publix) pays for my tuition if I major in some kind of business degree. The salary would be better than teaching (most likely). It is a diverse degree that I can use in almost anything. It would help me move up in either the company I am with now or with another company.

All I want after I finish school is a good job with a decent salary to be able to pay my bills along with paying off my debt from school. To me, teaching would be a great job but it seems like the salary just isn’t worth the time and money spent simply getting the degree. Does anyone have any feedback or insight?

  1. Reply
    Donald B
    June 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Besides being limiting on how much you can make, it is very hard to get a teaching job if you are a new teacher now. Major in business. Good luck!

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    Chelsea G
    June 26, 2011 at 8:48 am

    You are really debating between two completely different career fields.

    With education, the benefits are going to be amazing. City employees are very well looked after as far as insurance rate and benefits, 401Ks, time off, ect. ect. Also keep in mind, since you are talking about getting involved with coaching, these are normally paid positions! Many coaches get an additional 3K per sport so over, what, 10 weeks? That’s pretty good.

    As for the business major, it may indeed be more versitile, but it will limit you to working with pretty much one company your entire career in order to make your way up the ladder. Benefits may be good, but maybe not ideal. Do you really want to work with Publix your entire life?

    Can you maybe meet the best of both worlds? Major in marketing with a minor in education, that will allow you to teach marketing in schools, but still have a broader degree if you do change your mind?

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