No. 23 | January 2, 2018

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Happy New Year! 2017 has been quite the ride for us here at EdSurge–from hosting our first national conference, to revamping our jobs board, and putting on job fairs across the country. We hope that your year has been just as exciting, and look forward to continuing to serve you in 2018!

We’ve made a list, checked it twice, and are here to report on who’s been naughty or nice. (Just kidding). In all seriousness, the EdSurge Jobs Team has put together some of our findings on the edtech jobs landscape for this past year, and some insights on what that might mean for 2018. We’ve broken down the who, what, when, and where of all things edtech jobs below:


So, who’s been hiring this year? Pulling from the data we have onhand from 2017, startups have been hiring up a storm in the edtech space. Roughly one third of jobs posted to the EdSurge jobs board were by companies identifying themselves as startups, followed by nonprofits (22.8%), schools (21.9%), and large companies (18.8%). With the amount of funding that has been invested in 2017, we have a feel that there will not be any shortage of startups doing hiring in 2018.

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Last year, Curriculum Writer and Sales positions were the most searched role types on the EdSurge jobs board and that still holds true in 2017, with Product Management and Teacher not far behind. There are a multitude of reasons for why this pattern has remained, one of which being that both Curriculum Writer and Sales positions are often great transition points for those looking to break into edtech from a K12 or HigherEd position.

Another interesting finding that corroborates these results is the most desired role types by those that signed up for EdSurge’s Connect matching service in 2017. The number one role type selected by jobseekers that created Connect profiles was Curriculum Designer, followed by Teacher, and then Sales / Business Development role types.

Taking a look at the top 5 most popular job posts in 2017 below (counted by page views), we can see that the trend of popularity for Curriculum Writer positions by jobseekers hold true. Of the five most viewed posts from the EdSurge jobs board, three out of five were Curriculum Design roles (indicated below by an asterisk).

  1. *"Curriculum Designer" at Front Row Education
  2. "Educator Success" at Better World Ed
  3. *"Math Curriculum Designer" at IXL Learning
  4. *"Standards Alignment Manager" at IXL Learning
  5. "Empathy Academics Lead" at Better World Ed


When are companies posting the most jobs? And when are jobseekers looking? We checked out the data from this past year to get an idea of when the prime job hunting seasons were, and noticed that there was a difference between job posters and seekers (you can see that information in the tables below). For companies that were hiring, January was the most popular month to post jobs, with July coming in last. Interestingly, these results are not reflected on the jobseeker side. Traffic to the jobs board was actually at its highest in July and October (coinciding with the beginning and end of the school year!).

Highest to lowest jobs posted by month:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
  4. May
  5. November
  6. April
  7. August
  8. December
  9. October
  10. September
  11. June
  12. July

Highest to lowest traffic to the jobs board by month:

  1. July
  2. October
  3. May
  4. June
  5. August
  6. March
  7. September
  8. April
  9. January
  10. February
  11. December
  12. November

This is good news for jobseekers though! If you’re on the hunt now, keep an eye out for an influx of posts the EdSurge jobs board this month and next.


The most searched locations on the edtech jobs boards coincide perfectly with the locations of the EdSurge jobs fairs, ironically enough (excluding remote searches, which actually outrank all other location in 2017).

  • San Francisco
  • New York
  • Boston
  • Washington DC


In terms of what to take away from our dive in the world of edtech jobs, it’s looking positive for jobseekers, especially those that are interested in Sales or Curriculum Design roles. There has been an overall increase in the amount of jobs available from 2016 to 2017, an increase in funding to edtech companies, and now is just as good of a time as any to get a jumpstart on your job search, as employers may be posting up a storm this month and next (if last year is indicative of this year).

We look forward to continuing to help you find your dream job in edtech in 2018 and hope that you had a wonderful holiday season.

The EdSurge Jobs Team

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