[Poll] States that are easy vs difficult to find jobs in

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  1. HopelessTeacher

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    Which state is the most difficult to find a teaching position? Which one is the easiest?

    Just a temporary list based on comments below in order from easiest to the most difficult. I'll edit whenever I have time, but feel free to suggest a different order

    **I placed some next to each other because I wasn't sure how to rank them based on what the post(s) made.

    Easy - Hard
    1. NV
    2. KY
    3. NC
    4. IL, VA
    5. NC, MD
    6. NJ
    7. PA, MI
    8. CA
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    My district in Nevada is often hiring. They just hired a bunch of teachers and are still looking for more.
     
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    From what I heard, CA is one of the toughest to get and keep a job. One of our district admins moved from CA to NJ because of all of the instability in CA so that's saying a lot.
     
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    I agree with Math...CA is pretty brutal.
     
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    I applied for three total districts...the one I lived in although they had no positions available for my certification (A), the one I student taught in (B), and another nearby district (C).

    I did not get an interview with District A because no jobs were available.

    I student taught for District B and was offered a position. Problem was she couldn't tell me which position I was being offered and I didn't love the school, so I really needed to know what I would be teaching before accepting. I passed.

    I had an interview at District C and was offered the job and accepted.

    I had an interview for another school in Disrict B and was offered the job but after I had accepted the the position at School C. The principal said he would be able to work with my superintendent so I could work for his district instead, but I kindly said no thanks.

    My second year, I got a call from a nearby district I never applied for. The principal himself called, said he was told about me, and wanted to know if I would be willing to work for him. I also kindly said no thanks.

    I applied for District A when a position opened this year, interviewed, and was given the job.

    That's my whole history. So I would say based on my experiences jobs are available in Kentucky.
     
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    I am surprised! I heard quite about how tough NJ is. I guess CA is No 1 as of now!


    Sounds pretty good to me! Sent out hundreds of applications and no response or no interviews at all!
     
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    NJ is pretty tough.
     
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    No doubt NJ is tough, but I don't think it is the toughest. This admin (a VP) said the layoffs in CA are unbelievable in comparison.
     
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    PA is really tough. When I was interviewing in VA and NC, they told me everyone was moving there from PA since its so hard to get a job here.
     
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    I am not sure about rural Illinois, but Chicago (and I assume "Chicagoland") has become a more difficult place to get a job.

    However I think we are still hiring for many special needs positions, mostly middle/ high school sped. As well as PE and some other areas. You have to put in an application to get to see vacancies these days, so I can't look just to know what's out there anymore. I love my school and have no reason really to look. I just used to check the bulletin to see what/ who was available.
     
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    YES. So true. Out of the 10 interviews I had, I was lucky to get ONE from my own home state. I worked with a few teachers who were in PA when I worked in MD. What was so frustrating is that you had pay to renew your "clearances" every year (there are 4)... and when you go through all that trouble and spend the money, you might not be selected. It's harder to get hired in PA if you are out of state too because you have to be fingerprinted at a certain location in PA for one of the clearances BEFORE you are hired (or they won't look at your application).

    Maryland can be very tough too since they have the school systems that are rated the top in the whole nation.

    Nevada has the lowest quality of education and AYP successes. It's the reason a friend of mine moved out of there and into Maryland because of the education quality for his son.

    Easiest I had this year... I gained more interviews from North Carolina. Next was Virgina.
     
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    It's true that education in Nevada is facing a lot of challenges. For the right teacher, it could be a great opportunity and learning experience.
     
  14. DKM

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    I absolutely agree. It really depends on the teacher on how successful they will be and sometimes... you gotta start somewhere. The challenges I faced while teaching in an alternative school and at-risk urban school system shaped me into a better teacher.
     
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    Michigan has one of the most saturated teaching markets. The area I'm in has at least 5 colleges pushing out teachers into the same 4 or 5 districts.

    If I wasn't working on my ESL and early childhood endorsements and being a new (cheap to hire) teacher, I wouldn't have gotten my job.

    I know people who looked for jobs for over 5 years and couldn't get into a charter or private school even.
     
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    Virginia is fairly easy, I'd say. Not only do we have some large districts, those districts are very mobile because of military families.

    I assume some of the rural districts are nightmares to work in because I see the same exact jobs posted every single year. (like science positions at high schools that only have one physics teacher). Or it could just be that the pay is so low, that anybody who can moves for a job that pays a living wage.
     
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    In my area of KY, there are more teachers than there are jobs.
     
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    Like everywhere else in the country.

    I vote for my state NJ.
     
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    NY is especially tough if you're not HS math/chem/physics.
     
  20. czacza

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    NJ should not be considered anywhere in the top 4 'easy' places to find a job...it's been historically a tough market and is tighter now in times of budget cuts, RIFs, economic downturn...
     
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    I don't think the list was top 4 easy places. The OP was just making a list of the states people mentioned and ranking them. 1 was easiest and 4 hardest.
     
  22. ChemTeachBHS

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    NJ is difficult but it's not impossible.
     
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    Of course not...in my district we've consistently hired at least two teachers a year for the past ten years...but for each of those openings there were lierally hundreds of resumes...so the candidates who got the jobs might not think it was so bad, the hundreds of others though...not so easy...
    In any case, NJ should not be number three on a list starting with where it's easiest to get a job...
     
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    I agree. But I also think it depends largely on the subject. I had no problems finding a chemistry job but my husband is still looking for a public school art job. One thing we have going for us though is there are many private/ religious/ charter schools out there so there are more opportunities. I just feel like when people complain about the teaching job market here they only focus on public schools.
     
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    It's also content area...chemistry is a higher demand than art...one art teacher per building versus a science department...good luck to your dh.:angel:
     
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    Thanks. Luckily he as a full time teaching job at a Catholic school so it's not like he has nothing.
     
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    Eek typo...that melange of letters meant to spell 'content':dizzy:
     
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    In my district in Texas, I was told that there were 400 applicants for one 4th grade teaching position! It's hard to stand out in a field like that!
     
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    Thanks for the explanation, that was exactly what I was doing!

    Sorry, I should have clarified more. I started off with two separate lists, but there weren't many responses. Looking back, it's probably good that I created 1 big list because there are people claiming one state is easy while the other says it's hard
     
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    I know of at least three districts in NJ that received 10,000+ resumes for one or two elementary positions. Absolutely brutal.
     
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    Sounds a bit hyperbolic.
     
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    Ohio just depends. I know my district didn't receive many applications for the open positions at the HS (English, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Media Specialist), but had so many applicants for the elementary school openings. I also know a Catholic school in NW Ohio that only received 3 applications for their HS English position.

    However, I applied to some districts in NE Ohio and they had roughly 500 applicants per position, even at the high school.

    I had a lot of interviews in Kentucky. I applied within 45 minutes of Louisville, Cinci (on the KY side), and Lexington. Not sure how many applications they received but I had way more interviews in KY than OH. I had one district tell me they love to get OH applicants though.
     
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    This information came from the daughter of a Superintendent. Although it does sound unbelievable, I don't see a reason why she would lie.
     
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    I'm not saying lie...maybe just slight exaggeration, but it is tough nonetheless.
     
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    I hope the people who got the jobs with 10,000 applicants also bought lottery tickets.
     
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    I looked at Kentucky and their qualifications are jacked up. Not only do they require certain other PRAXIS II exams that not a lot of states require, BUT if your scores are 5 years or older you MUST have your Master's degree or you can't be certified.

    Virginia is easy, but I wonder if the reason is because their PRAXIS scores are so high that a lot of teachers don't qualify for them. They and Connecticut have the highest PRAXIS scores in the country.

    I second New York- don't even bother if you don't have your master's yet, plus it's really expensive to live and work there.
     
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    DKM, my understanding is KY requires a masters within a short time frame, so that's why. Also, their DOE told me if you have two years experience, the praxis requirements are waived.
     
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    Are the Praxis tests really that hard for people? It seems hard to believe that they would be a barrier.
     
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    Molly, I didn't end up taking it because I was hired in OH. However, when I looked into it, OH didn't offer that praxis test so I would've had to take it in KY, which would've required staying overnight. It can get pricey for people who don't have much money.
     
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    I'm talking about the minimum scores, not the cost involved.

    Although, if you have a license in another state, you can be hired in Virginia provisionally. You then have 3 years to complete the requirements, including PRAXIS tests.
     
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    Gotcha! That I have no idea about. Both of my praxis scores met the requirements for all states that use them and I just took them once. I know at least one who failed the English the first time for OH but it met other states' requirements.
     

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