In-Demand Teaching Career Options
Schools are always looking for quality teachers, and there are some subjects and sectors that are more in-demand than others. In general, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts average 6% growth for teaching jobs ranging from preschool through high school, from 2014-2024, and expects faster than average growth of 13% for postsecondary positions. The BLS also states that math, science, English as a Second Language (ESL) and special education teachers are in high demand, but only publishes the specifics for ESL, special education and postsecondary content areas. Read on to get a feel for several in-demand teaching positions.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2016)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Science Teachers|| $76,650 (biological science teachers, postsecondary)
$84,570 (physics teachers, postsecondary)
$76,750 (chemistry teachers, postsecondary)
|16% ( biological science teachers, postsecondary)
15% (physics teachers, postsecondary)
15% (chemistry teachers, postsecondary)
|Math Teachers||$69,520 (mathematical science teachers, postsecondary||16% (mathematical science teachers, postsecondary)|
|Technology Teachers||$77,570 (computer science teachers, postsecondary)||9% (computer science teachers, postsecondary)|
|Language Teachers||$63,500 (foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary)||11% (foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary)|
|ESL Teachers||$50,650 (adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers)||7% (adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers)|
|Special Education Teachers||$52,460 (special education teachers, preschool)||9% (special education teachers, preschool)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Information for In-Demand Teaching Positions
Science teachers educate students in a range of scientific topics, including both theory and practical experiments. They will often teach biology, chemistry and physics, although they can specialize in a particular area, too. A master's degree may suffice to teach in a community college, but a Ph.D. is normally required to teach in a university setting, and some applicants in these fields have postdoctoral research experience. Postsecondary biology, chemistry and physics teachers are in-demand, with a much faster than average growth rate predicted through 2024, says the BLS.
Teachers of mathematics will be skilled in all areas of math, and teachers with specialist skills are in high demand. Math teachers are responsible for developing problem solving and logical thinking skills in their students. A Ph.D. in the field is typically required for postsecondary positions. Roles for postsecondary math teachers are set to increase by over 10,000 positions through 2024, according to the BLS.
Technology is quickly becoming a highly sought after skill across many careers, which makes technology teachers high in demand - particularly in computer technology at the postsecondary level, as stated by the BLS. Technology teachers should be able to work with everything from hardware to computer networks. These teachers may be able to secure positions at technical schools or community colleges with a master's degree, but would be in competition with those who hold a Ph.D.
In general, foreign language teachers will be fluent in one or more languages, such as Spanish, French, or German. They will teach pupils in a particular language, covering written and spoken language, as well as reading. In terms of demand, at the postsecondary level, over 3,000 jobs are expected to open up through 2024. Teachers at community colleges and career schools will need at least a master's degree, and a Ph.D. is normally required in universities.
English as a Second Language Teachers
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers can work in schools of all ranges, as well as adult learning establishments and charitable organizations. They teach non-native English speakers to speak the language. Those interested should hold a bachelor's degree and be certified to teach at the equivalent level, such as elementary or secondary. ESL teachers may also be interested in teaching abroad, as many institutions are interested in native English speakers to teach their students.
Special Education Teachers
A career as a special education teacher could be suitable for someone who is compassionate, patient and flexible. Special education teachers work specifically with students who have mental, physical, social, or learning-based challenges. The job role is often more creative and personal, and teachers tend to work with the needs of each child. In terms of demand, preschool special education teachers in particular are set to see faster than average job growth of 9% through 2024, according to the BLS. A prospective special education teacher will need a bachelor's degree and teaching certification.