Environmental Education Program Directors


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Environmental Education Program Directors

Introduction

Environmental education program directors coordinate, manage, and oversee educational programs for students of all ages. They work for schools, nature centers, museums, parks, and government agencies. They collaborate with environmental educators to create courses and workshops that teach students about various nature topics, ranging from conservation, biodiversity, wildlife and marine science, ecology, and botany, to environmental policy and regulations, sustainability practices, and other environment-related topics.

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Median Salary

$64,450

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Experience in education


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

Earnings vary for educational program directors depending upon the employer, the size of the budget, and the region. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reports that instructional coordinators (who develop curricula, select textbooks and other materials, train teachers, and make sure educational programs meet regulations and standards) had median annual incomes of $64,450 in May 2018, with salar...

Work Environment

Environmental education program directors work 40 or more hours per week. Depending on the programs they direct, hours may be erratic. They work in offices, using computers to conduct research and write educational plans and reports. They also work in classrooms that can be in diverse settings—from office and school buildings, to boats, farms, parks, zoos, or any number of outdoor settings.

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reports that the green industry is growing and numerous jobs are expanding to meet demand. While the DOL does not report specifically about environmental education prospects, it does show that employment for instructional coordinators is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2028. Increased interest in environmental issues coupled...

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