Hi everyone! I'm in my early 30s going back to college this fall to get a second degree in mathematics and I was trying to decide between doing a minor in secondary education or a concentration in actuarial science. So I was wondering if there is a need for math teachers. If I chose to teach I think I would teach middle school math.

I completely agree with Granta_Omega. I teach algebra and prealgebra to 8th graders, and it's definitely more about how to reach all students. If you enjoy the study of math, go for actuarial science. Much more money and much less stress.

There's a huge shortage in my area. Schools are begging math teachers out of retirement to fill classes! For our last opening we only had one certified individual apply. The problem is state testing. Here in Texas, algebra teachers have the STAAR test to fret over and a lot don't want to deal with that. If you chose teaching you would have a certain job, but probably with more stress than you want.