Jobs for Teachers Outside of Education

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Whether you are retiring from teaching or just want to find a new career path, you'll find that you have no shortage of employment choices thanks to your educational background and experience. Explore the job opportunities below to find new ways your skills as a teacher can be used and check out some useful resources to prep you for your new career.

Create and Sell Teaching Materials

Without a doubt, you have accumulated a wide variety of teaching materials and lesson plans over the course of your teaching career. Put your creativity and teaching know-how to use by designing your own materials, including worksheets, lesson plans, and activity ideas to sell online. Websites such as TeachersPayTeachers and even Craigslist are great places to start selling your items. You could also start your own blog and offer your materials there. Additionally, many education-oriented companies hire teachers to provide input on the products they manufacture and contribute to the design of new curricula and materials. Review this Curriculum Development course for a quick refresher on the elements of an effective curriculum.

Become a Consultant

Former teachers can often find opportunities to perform freelance consulting for professional development or instructional coaching. Many companies hire corporate trainers to teach employees new skills or ways to improve work performance. A teacher's background in instructional strategies and delivering information to large groups adequately prepares them for work in this field. For more information on this type of work, check out these lessons on Educational Coaching Models and Coaching in the Workplace.

Work as a Nanny or Daycare Supervisor

If you still have the desire to work with children, taking a position as a full or part-time nanny or working at a daycare can provide you the opportunity to do just that without the pressures that typically come with working in a school district. In most cases, you'll have ample time to spend playing and interacting with the children while still being able to draw from your skills as a teacher to create fun learning experiences.

Apply for Administrative Positions Within the School District

Make use of your connections within the school district to find other non-teaching job opportunities in the district. Some positions, such as guidance counselor, librarian, or speech pathologist, may require additional training and/or certification, but that additional training combined with your previous experience as a teacher may result in higher pay and/or make you more qualified for the position. By staying within the school district, you may also be able to continue contributing to and/or earning credits toward your retirement plan.

Host a Camp or Youth Program

Put your classroom management skills to use by starting a camp or youth program. This opportunity would allow you to interact with kids in whichever age group you choose while doing activities you enjoy, such as teaching a sport or arts and crafts. Depending on the number of children you take on, this endeavor may entail hiring additional staff and renting a space for the activities.

Become a Museum Tour Guide

Especially applicable to history, art, and science teachers, becoming a museum curator or even a museum tour guide allows you to combine your extensive knowledge of facts in your field with your ability to present information in a compelling manner. Handling large groups and answering questions is typically second-nature for most former teachers as well.

Transition into Human Resources

Your familiarity with managing diversity and all types of personalities might make you a great fit within a human resources department. From recruiting to interviewing potential staff and training new employees, your skill set as a teacher should come in handy on many levels in any one of these positions. offers several Human Resources courses that can help you learn additional skills specific to your area of interest in this field.

Seek Management Opportunities

Your ability to lead and manage large groups combined with your presentation skills make you a viable candidate for most management positions. While these skills are incredibly useful, additional training may also be beneficial depending on what kind of company you would be managing and your level of expertise in the services provided. Start with some introductory Management Courses to get an idea of the expectations for these types of positions and gain those additional skills.

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