Thursday, February 4, 2010

5 Careers

I clicked on an article titled, 5 Careers You Can Start at Any Age just to skim it.  Since Devin teaches high school, I'm always interested in what articles say about teaching/teachers/education.  Here's what caught my eye...

3. Elementary School Teacher
If you have a passion for learning and enjoy working with kids, a career as an elementary school teacher may be a good fit. Elementary school teachers teach multiple subjects to students from kindergarten through sixth grade, emphasizing understanding, responsibility, and consideration. According to the BLS, elementary school teachers earned an average of $49,330 in 2008, and the field is expected to grow by 16 percent from 2008 to 2018.
To teach in public schools, elementary school teachers must earn a bachelor's degree and graduate from a teacher education program. With online classes available, it's never too late to return to school and qualify to become a teacher.

What?!  Yeah, right!  Where are they teaching?!  Teachers in Arizona certainly don't make that much and all I've heard about is teachers being laid off.  And, if that's what elementary school teachers earn, what would this source say that high school teachers earn?

4 comments:

The Boob Nazi said...

Elementary school is my own personal hell. It's like a cesspool of germs EVERYWHERE.

Royalbird said...

Some places do and have paid elementary teachers better than others. And the average that they give is an average of all of those--including those who've worked for 35 years and have a master's degree, which will be higher pay than someone who is just starting out. I made $38K my 2nd year of teaching in CA only to make $21K my 3rd year of teaching, which was in Idaho. When I subbed in CA, I made $120/day, which, if I worked only two days a week, I made the same amount as Corey was making then.

From what I understand, Arizona is towards the bottom when it comes to teacher's pay. Don't know how it compares to high school pay, although I've always understood that high school teachers make a little more than elementary teachers--at least Corey's cousin who teaches high school and started one year after I started teaching made more than I did my 2nd year in her first year. It really varies drastically from state to state and district to district.

Josh and Elisha Sandberg said...

Oh, didn't I tell you that I make 50 grand a year teaching elementary school? Oh wait, its more like 10 dollars an hour.

Camille Elise said...

OH ya, I heard elemen. school teachers in AZ get paid like 30,000 a year...not sure if that is with or without taxes taken out. UGH. It's so depressing.

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