Have you considered teaching? | 06.04.10

Teaching Schools | EdvisorsFrom personal experience, I know as well as anyone that picking a major can be difficult – both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You probably have tons of different interests, feel somewhat unfocused and want to find some direction.

One idea I’d like to pose to you is going to school to be a teacher. If your first reflex is to say, “Oh teachers don’t make any money!”, that urban myth is entirely unfounded in modern times. Just the other evening, I was looking over average salaries for high school teachers in Massachusetts, and there were maybe 2 or 3 schools out of a list of hundreds that had averages below $50,000 annually.

$50,000 per year, average. Even better, keep in mind that high school teachers usually only work 10 months a year… so you even get a built-in vacation to sweeten the deal. The salaries for college professors is undoubtedly even higher, so having advanced degrees can position you for some excellent earning potential.

Of course, there are a lot of soul-searching psychological aspects to teaching as well that should be kept in mind. Being a teacher is a huge responsibility: you’re not only imparting knowledge, but also contributing to the development of other human beings. There are many roles a teacher must play – instructor, mentor, counselor – and you need to be prepared and 100% willing to give it your all.

There also are a lot of financial aid benefits to being a teacher. Did you know that public service can get your federal loans forgiven (as in, any remaining balance is deleted from your account) in 10 years? If you selected a repayment plan like income based repayment, this means your payments will be low and manageable from day one and if you are not delinquent during the 10 years, the rest of your federal loans get canceled. Crazy awesome, if you ask me.

These are just a few of the benefits allotted to public school teachers… by all means, do some research and thinking. If you believe teaching is right for you, there are definitely many rewarding experiences waiting for you.

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354 Responses to “Have you considered teaching?”

  1. msuan says on July 10, 2010 at 3:03 am:

    i really love to teach not because i was pressured and force by my peers instead i have that principle that "live to teach" and not teach to live"..

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  2. Jorgge says on July 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm:

    Looks very promising

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  3. Chanelle says on July 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm:

    I read what it had to say and i don't think teaching is the job for me. But the information was good.

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  4. Alex says on July 3, 2010 at 10:37 am:

    The article makes the profession sound very appealing, but my interests lie in architecture.

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  5. Laura says on July 3, 2010 at 1:44 am:

    I am going into the Computer Science field, but thank God we have people who want to teach.

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  6. Cheyenne says on July 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm:

    wow going to consider it

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  7. Kelsey I says on July 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm:

    Teaching may seem like a good job to some, but I feel I need more cushion to my life if i wanted to do this full time (moneywise)

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  8. Danielle says on July 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm:

    I would never become a teacher it's alot of pressure

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  9. April says on July 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm:

    Teaching counts as public service and forgives federal loans, no? Count me in!

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  10. stephanie says on July 2, 2010 at 5:17 pm:

    online teaching is an option

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  11. Louige says on July 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm:

    Thought about it, it will be a great way to reach out to the community, maybe as a part time job.

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  12. Bren says on July 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm:

    I would enjoy teaching at a community college, but not in High School or below, due to diversity issues.

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  13. my phuong says on July 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm:

    thank you for sharing us this article. i will do it when i gorw up because i love kids. they are cute and funny.

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  14. flor says on July 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm:

    i think it sounds amazing the thing is dealing from monday to friday with some high school kids that might not even care. but it does sound good.

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