Career Field: Education

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Membership Organizations and Professional Resources

Education Policy Overview

Education policy spans the fields of educational administration, educational foundations, institutional research, government, and grant writing.  Those who are employed in this area advocate for public education, conduct research and analysis geared toward both a policymaking and general audience, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. 

Position Title Examples

Policy Analyst: Works for policy research firms, interest groups, or government agencies and monitors issues pertaining to education sector development. Advocates policy positions favorable to certain industries or other groups.

Institutional Researcher:  Advises decision-making and planning at schools, colleges, and institutions by collecting, analyzing, and preparing standard institutional reports and by conducting research projects. Recommended skills:  background in statistics, research methods, and computer based reporting tools .