Hello, I've been lurking around the forums for a bit and thought I'd ask for some advice. I'm 25, recently received my ba in art education and have been considering going into a multiple subject credential and ma in ed. program. The only thing that's keeping me from doing so (and losing hair and sleep over) is the scary news I keep hearing about how many teachers are getting laid off because of the budget cuts and how it's going to get worse... I would love to be a teacher but I also need to be practical, given how things are at the moment... Also, I don't want to commit myself to a big loan and not be able to pay it back when I graduate. Now I'm considering starting over and go to dental school or nursing instead (something in the medical field). I know through that, I'll be able to land a decent job and be able to support myself after. So I guess my question is, is it practical to pursue teaching given how things are? Or will things get better in the field of education? Or is it better for me to turn back now while I still have time? I know there are lots of highly qualified teachers out there but are unemployed.. I appreciate the response. thank you!