Get Your Teaching Job
After earning your teaching credential, the next step to becoming a teacher is to find your teaching job. Whether you’re a recent graduate just starting your career or an experienced teacher looking for a new position, it is important to know the ins and outs of the job market for educators. Going about your search the correct way can increase your chances of finding a job and will optimize the effort you put into the search. Here are some tips to finding your teaching job:
Everybody needs an education, and teachers at all grade levels and in all academic subjects are always necessary. Some academic subjects, like mathematics, chemistry, physics and foreign languages, are generally in higher demand. There is also a shortage of minority teachers and, with increasing enrollments of non English-speaking students, the demand for bilingual teachers and Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL) is on the rise. The need for teachers also varies by location. Regions like the South and the West are experiencing a large increase in enrollment, and need more teachers to accommodate larger student bodies. There are also high needs schools, mostly in urban or rural areas, which have difficulties in attracting and retaining teachers. For a breakdown of job vacancies in public schools by region and subject, visit the National Center for Education Statistics. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), issued by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, projects the job outlook for teachers to “grow about as fast as the average” between 2008 and 2018, an estimated 13% in ten years. Across the country, public interest in the school system is on the rise and the federal government has increased spending for education. The need for highly qualified teachers continues to expand.
own standards for teachers and you need to make sure you have the proper teaching credentials. Contact the state’s board of education or visit our state pages to make sure you have the necessary degrees, experience and licensure.