Job Outlook for Teachers through 2016

The Demand

Teaching positions in pre, elementary, and secondary schools are expected to increase at an average rate in the future. However, demand will be greatest for teachers with expertise in science, math, and bilingual education.

The Statistics

It is projected that until 2016, job growth for teachers is projected to increase by 12 percent, or just over 479,000 new jobs. This growth is in-line with average expected job growth in other industries.

During this same period, growth for teaching jobs is expected to increase quickest in Georgia, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada. Growth is projected to increase at the smallest rate in the Northwest.

Teachers willing to move and licensed in multiple subjects will enjoy more job opportunities than teachers licensed in only one subject and unwilling to relocate.

Job growth for teachers will only increase if more public money is allocated for education and more legislative effort is made to expand educational programs. Currently, the federal government is allocating more money to hire teachers in areas with a lot of poverty.

Likewise, many state legislatures are funding pre-school programs, so all children, regardless of their parents' income, can attend pre-school. Greater demand for pre-school programs, in conjunction with greater public emphasis being placed on early childhood education, will increase job opportunities for people interested in teaching pre-school aged children.

Job Prospects

During the next decade, geographic factors, subject expertise, and grade level will affect the availability of teaching jobs. Since many teachers will retire within the next decade, the majority of new teachers will fill these vacant job openings.



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