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ESP Logo 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)*
Custodial and Maintenance Services 368,479

buildings and grounds maintenance and repair

Security services 30,003

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 Services 203,202

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.




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  • anc_dyn_linksClerical Services
  • anc_dyn_linksCustodial and Maintenance Services
  • anc_dyn_linksFood Services
  • anc_dyn_linksHealth and Student Services
  • anc_dyn_linksHigher Education
  • anc_dyn_linksParaeducators
  • anc_dyn_linksSecurity Services
  • anc_dyn_linksSkilled Trades
  • anc_dyn_linksTechnical Services
  • anc_dyn_linksTransportation Services