Career Training Tools for Principals on LearningAndLife.com

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An article released recently on LearningAndLife.com explores the many financial and personal rewards of working as a principal. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of education administrators is projected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. LearningAndLife.com has the tools people need for exploring this potentially lucrative career change.

LearningAndLife.com's article, " Head of the Class: Life as an Elementary School Principal" (http://www.learningandlife.com/career-tips/head-of-the-class-life-as-an-elementary-school-principal.php) highlights the nation's growing need for principals and includes career tips, educational advice and school listings for those interested in a career change. School administration publications point out the importance of school leadership and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers as principals and assistant principals show very favorable job prospects. As the country continues to emphasize the importance of education and training, the need for administrators in education is increasing.

According to Lee Ashton, spokesperson for LearningAndLife.com, "This is a great time to consider moving into a position like a principalship, especially if you have had a career in management, communications or teaching." Reports from the BLS also show this a good time for those considering a career change because of the large portion of principals who are expected to retire in the next 10 years.

The following are tools and resources LearningAndLife.com offers to help people explore or find a career as a principal:

  •     Topics and tips
  •     Online learning section
  •     Find a school search tool

According to the National Association of Elementary School Principals, "The principalship is hard work and requires numerous skills sets: leadership, management, communication, and more." While the job is demanding, the average pay compensates the extra responsibilities. During the 2004-2005 school year, principals earned the following average incomes:

  •     Senior High School $82,225
  •     Jr. High/Middle School $78,160
  •     Elementary School $74,062

Education administration publication Leadership, reports that the importance of school leadership is at the forefront of America's educational agenda. The publication explains that the effect of principal leadership on student achievement is well established.

LearningAndLife.com features helpful information and tips on education, career options, and job training. The site offers the advice and tools you need to enrich your life and advance your career.

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