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Some people wake up one day and realize with horror that they aren't where they want to be in life. "I'm and adult and I dislike my job," laments the thirty-something. "I spent so much time and money on a degree that I'm not even using." Well, we here at Shmoop can't tell you what to like, but if you like teaching kids and you also study elementary education, then you probably won't have these morning revelations. Lucky duck.

The elementary education major not only prepares you for a career in education, but it's also good momma/poppa training if you ever want rugrats of your own. Also, if you want to go into other education, this is a good platform to jump from. Mind the gap, though—second grade science and college-level physics are leagues apart. Teaching at the college level usually requires a graduate-level degree, but going back to school is always an option.

It's as simple as A-B-C—if you're into teaching kids, this major is great for you. If you hate children and education, you're a monster and this major is not for you. (Non-monsters, read on.) Once you get the degree, you have a good shot at getting a job because the unemployment rate is one of the best in the biz. Less than half of elementary education majors go back to school, so don't you worry 'bout a thing.

Percentage of US students who major in Elementary Education:


Stats obtained from this source.