How difficult is it to get a job?

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  1. Expo Markers

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    Hello, everyone. I joined here when I was just starting college, and now I will be student teaching next spring. I'm so excited and so anxious about it at the same time- but that leads me to think about what comes after college.

    I will graduate with my initial license in Secondary Mathematics from SC, and I was wondering how other math teachers were faring when it came to getting a job. My fiancée is currently trying to go to college in either Tucson, AZ or Las Vegas/Reno NV, with MD, OR, and WA rounding out the top 5 states.

    Did you find that it was hard to get a job? What would you recommend? I have a lot of science and computer credits too, should I try to take those content Praxis tests while I'm in SC or wait until I start teaching? Would that transfer over?

    Thank you all so much in advance! I've learned a lot just from following all of your posts over the years.
     
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    Since you're a math teacher you are probably at the top of the desirability list.

    Math teachers get hired very easily in most cases (as long as there is a position available). You can definitely add science and computer credentials if you want to increase your search pool or to make yourself more desirable, but I would think you would have little problem as is.
     
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    There's a general shortage of secondary math teachers, so you shouldn't have much of a problem getting a job. AZ is not a great ed. environment right now, so read up and ask so you know what you're getting yourself into. Las Vegas is also not a great place to teach. My cousin was teaching there for a few years, now she's in Nebraska and much happier.

    Look at the licensure requirements for each state, but I'd say go ahead and take your Praxis exams. Quite a few states use them/will accept them, so it's practical to get them out of the way now.
     
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    I completed an application for Clark County School District (Las Vegas) and the day after it was put in the pool, I had 18 voice mails.

    Granted, most of the schools were terrible and they still haven't filled the position, but there were a few 9/10 rated schools that contacted me.
     
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    Although it's a little disheartening to hear that AZ and Clark County is suffering from some issues, it does make me feel better that there are jobs out there.

    I guess I'm anxious because other than clinical hours and student teaching, I won't really have experience.
     
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    Im in california in the north and my district is going to job fairs 90 miles away to find and recruit teachers. With a math credentail you should be set job-wise in most places. The exodus of the baby boomers is begining in earnest.
     
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