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Key Facts About NEA's ESP Members

Every 5 years, the NEA conducts in-depth surveys of the ESP membership, both those employed in K-12 and Higher Education. Here are some key findings of the 2012 K-12 ESP study:

49% of all K-12 ESP members are paraeducators. Clerical services ESP are 18% of the membership, Custodial Services 17%, Food Services 12%, and Transportation Services 10%.

83% of K-12 ESP work full-time.

78% have their worksite located in a school building. The rest work in central offices, maintenance facilities, transportation facilities, special education centers, kitchen units, etc.

K-12 ESP are committed to their careers and their employers. They average 12.7 years in the ESP workforce, 85% plan to stay in education support professions and 75% plan to keep their current careers. They have an average of 12.7 years with their current employer.

ESP are actively engaged in insuring the safety of students. 78% feel strongly that intervening in bullying is apart of their daily work, however only 57% of them have received soem kind of training in implementing their district's anit-bullying policy.

75% of K-12 ESP live within the boundaries of the school districts in which they are employed.


For more information about the nine K-12 education support professional careers, visit our ESP Careers webpage.