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Teaching Career Center

A teaching career is uniquely challenging, yet especially rewarding. Teachers are tasked with preparing their students with the knowledge that will see them through into adulthood. Teachers are patient, calm and detail-oriented, with an ability to clearly communicate information in the classroom. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, teacher salaries averaged about $53,000 in 2008-2009 and for the most part, they have maintained pace with inflation since the early 1990’s. All public school teachers must have a degree, and be certified or licensed by the state in which they teach. Our Teaching Degrees Center and Teacher Certification Center provide a wealth of information on specific degrees and state certification requirements across the country.

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Teaching Careers Outlook

The National Center for Education Statistics predicts increases in the annual numbers of new school teacher hires, both in public and private schools, through 2019. Specifically, the NCES expects that in public schools, the number of new teacher hires will jump 40 percent. In private schools, that number is predicted to increase by 19 percent in 2017. Although school enrollments are expected to grow in the next decade, the NCES reports that student/teacher ratios will actually go down, primarily because the number of school teachers is rising faster than the number of students. Math and science teachers are in high demand, as well as ESL teachers and those who speak a foreign language.

There are a wide range of teaching careers to choose from in education, from school counselor to special education teacher. Preschool teachers are one of the many types of educators that are expected to be in high demand over the next decade. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that preschool teacher employment will grow faster than average through 2018.

Before selecting the type of degree you intend to pursue, you may wish to consider the type of education job you envision for yourself. Teacher Certification Degrees provides detailed information on some of the most popular and in-demand education and teaching careers; browse through our listing and find specific salary information, degree and certification requirements and job outlook details.

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50+ Teacher Career Interviews

Our teacher interviews feature over 50 teachers who share the lessons they have learned and advice for new teachers who are entering the teaching profession.

Top 50 Teacher Blogs

Our Top 50 Teacher Blogs by Innovative Educators page provides a resource for prospective teachers to find the best blogs written by teachers to learn about what it is like to work as a teacher, the top education issues being discussed by the teaching community, and the latest trends and ideas in effective teaching. Teachers from various areas of teaching share their experiences and ideas on providing the best education for young people.

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Best States to Be a Teacher Index

Rank State 2012 Avg.
Teacher
Salary
2012 Zillow
Median
Property
List Price
% of Avg.
Home Avg.
Salary Buys
(Higher =
Better)
Projected
Annual
Teaching
Position
Openings*
Through
2018
2007 Total
Teacher Employment
% of Annual
Teaching
Positions
Opening*
Through
2018.
(Higher =
Better)
Best States
for Teachers
(Avg=1)*
Michigan $57,327 $108,900 53% 4921 105,624 5% 1.36
Connecticut $63,152 $267,900 24% 6639 56,703 12% 1.35
Illinois $63,005 $164,900 38% 12099 156,454 8% 1.32
Georgia $52,879 $147,900 36% 11007 132,849 8% 1.32
Utah $42,335 $200,000 21% 2926 25,377 12% 1.29
Ohio $54,656 $124,900 44% 7430 129,215 6% 1.28
Texas $47,157 $172,500 27% 33581 351,525 10% 1.25
Kansas $46,401 $145,500 32% 3141 39,383 8% 1.22
Nebraska $44,957 $137,900 33% 1666 23,078 7% 1.18
Oregon $54,085 $219,000 25% 3130 34,892 9% 1.16
Iowa $50,634 $135,000 38% 2260 39,371 6% 1.16
Washington $52,567 $237,000 22% 5883 61,888 10% 1.15
California $68,093 $294,900 23% 31680 353,797 9% 1.13
Kentucky $47,875 $144,900 33% 3094 49,091 6% 1.11
Virginia $48,365 $235,000 21% 7801 84,335 9% 1.10
Mississippi $44,498 $147,900 30% 2494 37,508 7% 1.08
Missouri $46,411 $139,500 33% 4513 77,735 6% 1.08
Idaho $45,178 $170,000 27% 1256 16,828 7% 1.08
Minnesota $51,938 $164,900 31% 3533 60,263 6% 1.05
Arkansas $47,472 $149,900 32% 2329 40,312 6% 1.05
Tennessee $45,549 $159,900 28% 4596 75,036 6% 1.01
Nevada $50,067 $139,000 36% 993 23,543 4% 1.01
Wyoming $55,861 $219,000 26% 489 7,260 7% 1.00
South Carolina $47,421 $169,900 28% 3381 55,491 6% 1.00
Wisconsin $52,031 $158,900 33% 3380 69,311 5% 1.00
Alabama $46,879 $159,900 29% 3100 54,218 6% 1.00
Oklahoma $43,846 $139,000 32% 2558 50,471 5% 0.99
Maryland $62,849 $249,900 25% 4831 73,230 7% 0.99
Indiana $50,407 $128,000 39% 1935 70,768 3% 0.96
Arizona $46,358 $170,000 27% 3366 58,916 6% 0.96
New Hampshire $49,872 $224,900 22% 1280 18,631 7% 0.95
Pennsylvania $57,237 $175,000 33% 6451 154,348 4% 0.95
North Carolina $48,648 $185,000 26% 6830 120,484 6% 0.94
Florida $46,921 $179,000 26% 12087 216,151 6% 0.93
Louisiana $48,627 $159,900 30% 2620 58,457 4% 0.92
New Jersey $63,111 $280,000 23% 8520 134,223 6% 0.92
West Virginia $44,701 $139,900 32% 848 21,469 4% 0.91
New York $69,118 $334,800 21% 17078 260,784 7% 0.90
New Mexico $45,752 $199,900 23% 1480 24,995 6% 0.89
Vermont $47,884 $235,000 20% 674 10,316 7% 0.89
Hawaii $55,733 $449,000 12% 1199 14,175 8% 0.88
North Dakota $41,654 $149,900 28% 388 8,741 4% 0.87
Rhode Island $58,407 $237,000 25% 708 13,846 5% 0.86
Massachusetts $66,712 $319,900 21% 4797 85,438 6% 0.83
Alaska $58,395 $244,900 24% 397 8,387 5% 0.82
Maine $44,731 $199,900 22% 858 18,052 5% 0.79
South Dakota $35,070 $165,000 21% 473 10,174 5% 0.76
Colorado $49,228 $261,300 19% 2809 53,522 5% 0.76
Montana $44,426 $249,000 18% 562 10,770 5% 0.74
Delaware $36,633 $229,000 16% 599 10,762 6% 0.73
Washington DC $62,557 $415,000 15% 427 7,511 6% 0.72

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Sources for State Teaching Index
2012 Annual Salary info from NEA State Affiliate pages: e.g. http://www.washingtonea.org/
2012 Average Property Values: http://www.zillow.com/local-info/NV-home-value/r_42/
Institute of Education Sciences: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_070.asp
Institute of Education Sciences: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d10/tables/dt10_066.asp

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