Hi-I am a high school senior applying to college and I would like to be a teacher. I have heard that the job market is really bad for teachers right now, especially in New England. Many of the colleges I'm looking at have a 5 years masters program, where you can either get certified in elementary ed or a secondary ed content area. I feel like I need to decide soon, because the 5 yr masters programs are really rigid, so you pretty much need to declare you concentration soon if you want to graduate on time. I think I would really enjoy teaching elementary school, but probably only upper elementary. I have considered getting certified in math. I know the market is a little better. It's my best subject, but I haven't really enjoyed it until this year. I'm in AP calc this ear, and I really like math this year. In fact, in Algebra 2, I struggled to get a B-, but I have a solid A this year. But I don't know if I truly have "passion" for math, and I'm honestly worried about how hard it would be to get a math degree. I am decent in math-my SAT score is a 660, but my ACT math score is a 34. I heard that math in college is more abstract, and I can't do abstract concepts. I also feel like I wouldn't enjoy actually studying math in college, but I think I would enjoy teaching it. I'm honestly really worried about this because my parents don't support my choice to teach at all. They are Indian so basically the only acceptable careers for them are "doctor or engineer." So they aren't really any help for me because they do nothing but criticize, so I'm extremely confused! If you have any advice, please let me know! Thank you!