I am studying to become a special Ed teacher, I enjoy the fact the job is always different everyday, tons of interaction with people. (I worked for a year as an assistant and it was very fun) My question is the following.... whenever I look for information regarding teaching, what I find all over the internet is teachers complaining about crappy salaries, not being able to do all the work they want because of endless amount of extra-stuff to do, standardized tests, children driving them crazy, quitting after a year because they hate it and are mentally affected by the whole thing, working 12 or 14 hours a day and then taking work home, being tired with no life, being stressed to the point they're depressed and so on.... I even read about teachers taking second jobs because they cannot make it to the end of the month with the salaries they get!!! It freaks me out and makes me feel as if maybe I am making a mistake!! I want to know, is it that horrible???? I mean, a lot of teachers on the internet make it seem as if it's an absolute nightmare!!! I am the kind of person who doesn't really give up and I can be quite persistent, and I know that ANY profession regardless of how nice it is, will ALWAYS have things that drive those who work in those professions crazy but most of the stuff I read on the internet really kills my desire to become a teacher!!!! I wanted to know what are the options for a person with a bachelor degree in Special education? it's that the only job you can do? or can you work elsewhere counseling or doing some other stuff?