What's the future for teachers?

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  1. DigitalDiva25

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    There could be about 3,010 applicants and only 8 teaching jobs in a school, that's how bad the outlook is right now. Do you guys think that in the future, there will be more teaching jobs? Why do you feel that way?
     
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  3. Mathemagician

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    Let's hear from tonysam on this one!

    Well, haha, in all seriousness I think it comes down to several factors...location, certification, type of district. There are plenty of jobs to be had if you look in the right places. I think things will get better!
     
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    location, location, location.
     
  5. waterfall

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    :thumb:

    There are jobs in some places, but no, I don't see the market getting any better any time in the near future. Even as teachers get burnt out and leave, colleges are chugging out more grads by the minute...plus all of the teachers from last year's grad class that couldn't get a job, and the year before that, and the year before that...

    This is my 3rd summer since graduating and out of my class which IMO was filled with some very talented people, the only people who found jobs were those that moved out of state. Those that weren't willing to move are still looking, and of course now they have this year's new grad class to compete with.
     
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    I think in the next 5/10 years there will be an influx of teaching jobs available because the baby boomers will start retiring.
     
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    There will always be schools and always be teachers needed to teach in those schools. Like everyone else says, go for location and be persistent.
     
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    I agree that things will likely get better - try not to let the numbers overwhelm you. I does help if you are willing to relocate for a position - even if just for a few years to get experience. Also, do whatever you can to diversify your resume and stand out, get unique experiences.
     
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    I am yet another one who feels there will always be teaching jobs available. You do have to be willing to move. Teaching jobs are difficult to find in NY city and Long Island. My daughter didn't want to move, so she ended up not getting a teaching job - she is now a horse trainer working mostly with children. I guess you could say she is using her teaching training, but in an alternative way.

    It is easy to move when you are young, esp. if single. you can always move back later when you have more experience.
     
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    The outlook here in Atlanta Georgia is not very promising. Hard to be optimistic after looking for a teaching job for three years and not being able to find one. I do think in the future (five or so years down the line) there will be teaching jobs again. Now the districts are in the process of laying off, furlowing, cutting back, increasing class sizes, cutting lots of positions like media specialists & parapros, ect... The districts are trying to make it work with less and less funding.

    Does anybody remember a worse time for the teaching profession? My master teacher was telling me about 15 years ago most schools couldn't fill all the teaching positions and were taking teachers without teaching credentials! I remember her saying that class size had been limited in the elementary grades. Wish I could go back in time and start to teach in those years!
     
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    I agree that it depends on location! My school this year is hiring several new teachers due to extra classes and retirements. In the next few years, my district will have a lot of retirees. That being said, NJ has always been a tough market.
     
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    It depends on the position also. Some positions listed on the regional website have had fewer than five applicants, but they are specialized positions.
     
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    Location as in particular region, or location like the urban/rural areas? If it's region, what region do you think?

    Oh, if only we could have a national teacher certification, because then I'd move wherever! After six tests for certification in two states, I'm a bit tested out right now. If most of us are all teaching the common core, this would seem like a good next step, imo! :2cents:
     
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    North Dakota! The salary sucks, but they need teachers badly.

    http://newsok.com/prosperity-from-oil-boom-skips-teachers-in-north-dakota-town/article/3690416

    Prosperity from oil boom skips teachers in North Dakota town

    "BISMARCK, N.D. — Jobs paying $80,000 or more abound in North Dakota’s booming oil patch, but when Molly Lippert came home from college, she gladly accepted a $31,500-a-year position teaching first grade.".....

    "The cost of living has skyrocketed in Williston as job-seekers flock to the hub of western North Dakota’s booming oil patch. Officials say the city’s population has doubled in the past decade to some 30,000 residents and the average wage has risen from about $32,000 in 2006 to about $80,000. Pay for teachers hasn’t kept up, although they are desperately needed."
     
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    My friend works in that town- she got hired right out of college to teach elementary as well, with a not-so-great student teaching experience. She told me last spring that her individual school alone was hiring 30 new teachers for this year.
     
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    I don't think you'll see any sort of change until about 7-10 years from now. I've come across quite a few stories about the kids presently in college seeing how teachers are being treated now, how the workload is being augmented to the point a teacher has almost no social life from August to June anymore, etc. and they are changing their majors from education.

    Eventually, there may be a demand created again.

     
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    This is what I was told 10 years ago...haven't seen much of it yet. I'm not convinced. :rolleyes:
     
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    Locations: Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nebraska, Mississippi, and parts of Florida.

    My contract is yearly. I don't even know if that changes as I gain length of service. I don't have to reaply like I hear some do. (I wouldn't like that) I'm okay without the job security of a union. ( I pay association dues) No different then I was in the business world for 28 years.
     
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    I don't think we'll wake up one spring day and find that the teaching job market has improved and that there's a sudden demand for teachers.

    I think that, as the economy improves, districts will gradually start to add more people. But it will be a trickle, not a gush.

    And that some markets, like elementary ed everywhere, and English and Social Studies, and metro areas like NYC/LI and other similar places, won't see a real noticeable improvement. There are simply too many colleges and univerisities churning out lots and lots of teachers for the market to support.
     
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    Totally agree with this. How about going international for a couple of years? There are plenty of international schools around the world. :cool:
    You get a super living abroad experience and your resume will stand out! It shows you're able to adapt, you have experience and are not afraid to try out something new. :thumb:
     
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    I have the option to do my student teaching abroad in Brisbane, Australia; Plymouth, England; or Puebla, Mexico. I don't speak Spanish so Mexico is probably out of the question, but I'd love to do the England or Australia program.
     
  22. Lotte

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    Like Nike says; Just DO it! :thumb:
    You will not regret it!

    If my DH had a more flexible job I'ld try out working at an international school abroad as well. I've worked at an international school here and it was so rewarding! Still miss it, 5 years later..

    I'ld go for it anywhere; There are jobs as far away as Dubai and United Arab Emirates but they prefer a teacher couple, rather than just one teacher and the other one not.
    If you don't speak Spanish now, you will at least by the end of your work there ;)

    The work environment might be different from what you're used to, as well as methods, lesson plans, communication to students, interaction with coworkers, number of days off, etc.. but so interesting and a good way to figure out who you are as a teacher and what teaching style you prefer.
     
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    I think that with low incomes and high work loads, more and more will leave the field and less and less will enter the field.

    Increasing class size will also require less teachers.

    It's hard tp know for sure.
     
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    I think things will improve, but not for a long, long time. Of course, the economy as a whole is not doing well, so many people in many professions are feeling the pain.
     
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    I move 1300 miles to get my first job.

    I do feel that there is much more frustration in education right now and wonder if that will cause high turnover.
     

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