Teacher Occupation Requirements And Outlook
Teacher Occupation Requirements - Teacher occupation requirements are fairly standard throughout most public school systems in the United States. They will vary to some degree depending upon the level of students being taught, and can also vary from private school to private school. In general however, teacher occupation requirements specify possessing, at a minimum, a bachelors degree, and teachers are required to be licensed to teach in the public schools. Licensing permits a teacher to work at specified grade levels, such as elementary, middle, or high school levels, or to teach in specific areas, such as music or languages.
Teacher occupation requirements in some school districts may require the teacher to have completed an approved teacher training program in addition to the college degree, and in addition to having a teaching license. In some instances, such as the very prominent private schools, the teacher occupation requirements may be rather stiff, and even include a prescribed amount of past teaching experience to be eligible for a position. At the other end of the spectrum, in less affluent districts, rural areas, or in areas where there is a pronounced shortage of teachers, the teacher occupation requirements may be much less stringent. Still, a bachelors degree and license remains a basic requirement.
Teacher Occupation Outlook - Although in these difficult times we still hear of teachers being laid off, the teacher occupation outlook is basically quite positive. Some school districts have been forced to lay off teachers for cost cutting purposes, leaving the remaining teachers with larger class sizes, and often with added responsibilities (at about the same pay). For the most part however, a shortage of teachers is projected over the next 8 to 10 years, and in some parts of the country this shortage may become quite severe. Those new to the profession should not have too much of a problem finding a position, although not necessarily always in the area they would choose to live.
Job growth for teachers is expected to grow by 13 percent over the next decade even though these projections were made before the current recession hit its low point. Still, the South and the West are projected to have a great many new position openings, with the Midwest holding relatively steady. The Northeast is the one area in the country where a prospective teacher may have to search somewhat harder to find a position over the next few years.
Best Jobs Are In The Specialty Areas - The most promising job outlook is in the specialty areas for the higher grades, middle and high school, where there is a constant need for teachers in mathematics, chemistry, and physics. As the demographics in the United States slowly change, there is also an increasing need for bilingual teachers, teachers able to teach English as a second language, and teachers skilled in Spanish, German, French, and increasingly, Chinese.
Teacher Salaries – Good, But Often Not Enough - Although salaries can vary significantly from district to district, and are generally higher for teachers in private schools, and entry level teacher will usually earn in the neighborhood of $33,000 a year. Teachers having tenure, or many years of experience will usually earn in the neighborhood of $50,000 a year, with the top 10% earning as much as $80,000 a year. No matter what the salary, most agree that the average teacher is worth every penny of it, if not far more. Almost every single one of us remembers a favorite teacher, who seemed to stand head and shoulders above the rest. Chances are that teacher earned around $40,000 a year in today's dollars, and was probably worth twice that amount.