I am currently a sophmore in college. I am a major in Speech Pathology, but after finding out it's "Not my cup of tea" I decided to look into teaching Elementary students. The more I got into the idea, the happier I got. However, I started researching, and i see nothing but how teachers "wish they would have found another career" or how they "Hate their job, and the pay will never be worth it!" These comments are overwhelming and of course, REALLY discouraging. I am 20 years old. I am single. I do not plan on having children of my own, because I can't. With that being said, I am a single individual and will continue to be as far as children go. Would the pay for an elementary teacher of a childless individual really be that bad? I know someone who got a teaching job in my area (Louisiana) who is starting out making 41k a year. They will pay for her graduate school in a few years as well. Now, I really can't say if 41K is so horrible for someone who is single. I have never lived on my own, so I don't know how "horrible" of an income that would be for me. I'm not looking to be rich, but to live "comfortably". I would like to start off with a nice apartment, and move myself up from there. I would probably begin with a roomate also (My best friend). Would I be able to live comfortably on a salary similar to the one above? After my masters, I would still be paid a little more I assume. I love children. I understand the responsibilities with being a teacher/parent to children who aren't yours. I was raised by a not so good mother and her boyfriend, who left me at school frequently and forgot about me. The teachers had to stay behind, and i could tell the faculty knew "something was wrong" because they would gather and stare at me while I waited, then tell me to come inside, and comfort me later to sort of distract me. I didn't understand why they were so protective of me against my mother until later on. I would like to be that person to someone. I always read about the numerous amounts of paper work, but i don't think I would mind if i were able to do my paper work around relatives or friends, where I could at least spend some time with them as I caught up with my paperwork. I am very interested in this career, but does anyone have positives to say about it? Why are there so many negatives?! What does the job outlook for teachers look like in the next 3-4 years, especially in the South? Please, have some words of encouragement, only if it's the truth. Thank you all. Have a wonderful day.