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Why People Love Teaching

  1. To make a difference in  student’s lives
  2. The school atmosphere is full of new ideas and hope
  3. To be able to collaborate with teachers and help students
  4. It’s rewarding: you get to make an impression on others

Qualities of Great Teachers

  • Passion for teaching
  • Love the people they teach
  • Believe in the importance of education
  • Flexible, willing to try new things
  • Can take constructive criticism
  • Not afraid of challenges
  • Good communicator and listener
  • Interactive with students
  • Personable in the classroom
  • Organized
  • Disciplined
  • Problem solver
  • Creative in how they teach
  • Great fund-raiser
  • Ability to teach beyond the textbook
  • Not afraid of other people’s opinions
  • Lots of energy

Job Growth for Careers in Education

Growth forecast for careers in the educational industry through 2018:

  • Kindergarten teachers- 15%
  • Elementary school teachers-16%
  • Middle school teachers – 15%
  • Secondary school teachers – 9%
  • Literacy and ESL instructors – 15%
  • Post secondary teachers- 15%
  • Preschool administrators- 12%
  • Education administrators- 9%
  • School counselor- 14%
  • Special education teachers- 20%
  • Instructional coordinators- 23%
  • Business-training coordinators- 23%

Salaries for Teachers

2011 average teacher median salaries:

  • Preschool- $33,000
  • Elementary School- $15,000
  • Secondary School- $53,000
  • Vocational- $50,000
  • Post-secondary- $68,000
  • Assistant Professor- $56,000
  • Adult Educational- $37,000

Reasons Teachers Leave the Workforce

  • Unsupportive administrations
  • Lack of funding and financial support for schools
  • Low salaries
  • Politics and federal testing mandates
  • Draining: takes time, money, energy
  • Too much paper work
  • Getting sick (catching  illnesses from students)

Education and Industry Struggles

Due to the recession, there have been massive cuts in education budgets for each state. It is estimated that around 150,000 teachers will be laid off between 2010 and 2011.

Positions with the highest number of graduates and positions for subject areas that are not required by state law have the highest competition.

Education Careers Facing the Highest Layoffs:

  • Elementary education (high competition)
  • Secondary History teachers
  • Secondary English teachers
  • Art & Music teachers

Top Subjects in Need

Subjects in need of teachers include:

  • Mathematics
  • Physical sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computers/Technology
  • Physics

Other Careers for Educators

Careers that are not in the public education system that have high salaries and less competition:

  • Instructional coordinator- Average salary in 2008- $56,880
  • Business training and development managers- Average salary in 2008- $87,700
  • Business training and development specialist- Average salary in 2008- $51,450
  • Adult literacy and remedial education teachers- Average hourly salary in 2008- $22.26

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