To date, we’ve asked 61 current and past education students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a education degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a education degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are education students compared to other degrees?

Overall, education students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 2.7 out of 5. For context, education students rate their happiness similarly to students in Education, General Studies and Nursing.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to education

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Humanities$58,504
Liberal Arts And Sciences$58,836
Liberal Arts and Related Studies$58,978
Education$51,981
General Studies$60,862
Nursing$64,474
Registered Nursing$63,203

Let's break that down further.

Are education students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
22 ratings
5 stars
14%
4 stars
36%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
5%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.1 out of 5 stars
22 ratings
5 stars
9%
4 stars
32%
3 stars
27%
2 stars
14%
1 stars
14%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in education experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did education graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what education grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
22 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
32%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
14%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were education students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
2.7 out of 5 stars
61 ratings
5 stars
11%
4 stars
16%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
25%
1 stars
21%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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