There are approximately 3 million Education Support Professionals in the United Sates. Of these, approximately a half million are NEA members, and the number is growing rapidly.
NEA has developed a system of nine job groups and 60 job subgroups to help people understand and compare the diverse roles that ESPs play. One Education Workforce Serving The Whole Student!, a set of 11 attractive brochures, describes ESP jobs and the people who perform them. You can read each of them in this Web site by following the links below.
The first brochure, Education Support Professionals: One Education Workforce Serving The Whole Student, provides an overview of the series.
2010 Estimated Labor Force
(Full-time and Part-time)*
|TYPES OF JOBS IN THIS GROUP|
|Custodial and Maintenance Services||368,479||
buildings and grounds maintenance and repair
school resource, guard, police, and security specialties
|Food services||281,791||food planning, preparation, and service|
|Health and student services||31,115||nursing, health, and therapy support; community, family, parent, and welfare services|
|Paraeducators||758,581||instructional and noninstructional support|
|Clerical services||405,543||secretarial, clerical, and administrative support|
|Technical services||60,489||computer, audiovisual, and language technical support; media, public relations, writing, and art specialties|
|Skilled Trades Services||45,980||
trades, crafts, and machine operators
transportation and delivery services and vehicle maintenance
|Higher Ed||701,538 (included in above categories)||All higher education ESP|
Total K-12 and Higher Ed ESP
*Source: NEA ESP Data Book, December 2012. Numbers include both K-12 and Higher Ed employees, except for total for the Higher Ed classification.