Jobs in Education

Education, Home & Family
on November 7, 2012

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of elementary school teachers needed is expected to grow 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. For high school teachers, growth is expected to be about 7 percent over the same time frame. If you're looking for a teaching job in the United States, you may want to look into the five areas where jobs are most available.

Special education teachers. Special education teachers work with students with learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities. They also ensure those with moderate disabilities receive the specialized instruction necessary for success in special education and mainstream classrooms. Special education teachers must possess a bachelor's degree with specialized instruction involving special education and how to serve students with special needs.

Math teachers. In a speech given to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, government officials emphasized the importance of math teachers in developing the necessary skills American high school graduates need to compete in the workplace and for the United States to compete globally. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reports that the 2012 fiscal budget includes $206 million to support projects for teachers of mathematics.

Science teachers. The "Wall Street Journal" reports that only one-third of elementary and high school students have a solid grasp of science, according to a national science exam. These test findings emphasize the need for qualified science teachers and signal the likelihood that initiatives for hiring science teachers will continue.

ELL teachers. English Language Learners in public schools have increased dramatically over the past decade. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population in the United States increased by 43 percent. Many of these Hispanics have limited English language skills. With this increase in non-English speaking students, schools have had to respond with an increase in ELL teachers.

Educational administrators. Administrators who can raise the quality of education systemically are in high demand throughout the United States. Administrators usually come from the ranks of the teaching profession and must possess at least a master's degree in educational administration. Although their pay increases, so do the responsibilities.