Careers in Teaching Information For Current and Future Teachers

Teacher Career Information*:

Teachers represent approximately half of those employed within educational services industry, which is the largest industry. It's easy to see why considering that about 25% of Americans are enrolled in some type of educational institution.

A teacher's duties vary as there are many different age groups, subjects, and institutions that hire teachers. Being a person who has a sincere interest to help students learn and who is also able to inspire respect, trust, and confidence would be very helpful.

Common Careers in Teaching:
  • Preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teachers - These teachers play a critical role, especially in early childhood development. This type of teacher typically instructs one class for all subjects such as math, language, science, and social studies.
  • Middle and secondary school teachers - These teachers help students learn more in depth knowledge of the subjects they learned in elementary school. Typically a teacher in middle or secondary school will specialize in a specific subject.
  • Special education teachers - These teachers work with students having disabilities such as physical and learning disabilities and can typically be found at the elementary school level.
  • Postsecondary teachers - These teachers work in colleges and universities and usually specialize in a field of study.

    Typical Education Requirements:
  • Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers - Bachelor's degree and completion of an approved training program for teachers. To be a public school teacher you must be licensed and the requirements for licensure will vary by state. Some states offer alternative programs for people already holding their bachelor's degree.
  • Postsecondary Teachers - Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree, depending on the position

    Opportunities in teaching should range from good to excellent (depending on the location, grade, and subject) over the next decade.

    Educators - Advance Your Career
    Today even the busiest of teachers (and those wanting to become a teacher) can earn a Masters in education degree, PhD in education degree, or continuing teacher education at their convenience. Online education and campus based education for teachers has never been more readily available and more flexible than it is today. As a result of this increased flexibility you may be able to change or boost your career (and salary) by earning one or more advanced education degrees.
    Become a Teacher
    People interested in education careers have many opportunities available to become a teacher. For example, changing careers to teach may not take long for those with a bachelor's degree. In fact, some individuals in certain states may be able to earn online teacher certification.

    *Partial summary from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition, Teachers—Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary, on the Internet at
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