Hey All - I havent been around as much as I have been working a lot and stuff, but I have sort of been chronicling my voyage to becoming a physics teaching on here over the past 6 months to a year on an off. I work in IT right now and have been getting my alternate route cert. I am at the stage where I can look for jobs, and I have had a couple interviews. I am currently in a waiting period of an 8th grade physical science teaching job too. Anyway, a district really close to me was advertising for an analyst position in their IT department, similar to what I do now, but with better exposure to teaching, administration, the environment. I applied and interviewed and they offered me the job almost immediately. I admittedly was a little unprepared for an offer. They said I would be part of the pension program (for whatever state that it is in right now in New Jersey). So my question is, assuming there still is a pension when I get older, if I move from a non-teaching position to a teaching position, do my years in a non-teaching position contribute to working toward retiring with the pension? Even if I switch schools? Thanks for any help. I feel confused at the moment.