Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Teaching is still a mostly recession-proof career

Thinking of being a teacher? There are still jobs for teachers. Even though districts are making cuts, most of the teaching jobs have been saved.

This is especially true if you are teaching math or science. These teachers are in high demand, and probably will be for a long time.

The best places for jobs are in the big states, California, New York, Texas, and Florida.

Yes, you have heard stories in the news about teacher cuts, but most have been avoided. Schools cut other personnel first.

So, if you are a current teacher, and worried about budget cuts, find out the true story and ask your union what you can and cannot do about it. You would be the most worried if you are the last one hired. Normally, those will be cut first. But again, math and science teachers are normally immune to these cuts, as schools have a hard time getting these teachers.

Also, you may look into getting a different type of teaching credential. Find out if it would be beneficial to take some advanced math or science classes to at least be certified to teach math at science at an entry level.

Special education teachers are also normally in high demand. There can be shortages of these teachers in various parts of the country. Getting a Spec Ed credential can be a little harder, and the teaching more taxing, but it can be a rewarding career.

Don't discount colleges, universities, and technical schools. Find out what local schools are hiring and what they require as certification. Many technical schools and community colleges allow teaching with a bachelor's degree. And with budget cuts, community colleges are filling up. Many unemployed workers are returning to school and going to a technical college to learn a trade.

If you are not currently a teacher and thinking about a teaching career, read more information on how to be a teacher and get a teaching job.
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