Being a secondary school educator, or high school teacher as it is commonly referred to, can be a rewarding career. One holding a position in this field can expect many benefits and opportunities associated with being a teacher. The path to becoming an educator has been published for review in many places. The salary information and work environment are also readily available.
Becoming an educator starts with the applicant’s education. Most states require at least a Bachelor’s degree in order to teach in a public school. In addition to a degree, most states also require a teaching certification before employment in the field. Some states require that a teacher pursue a Master’s Degree after the certification process is complete and they have begun work as a teacher. The requirements for teaching in a private, magnet, or charter school vary in different regions of the country.
While no special skills are required to become a teacher, there are many skills that could be helpful. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, “many schools report having difficulty filling teaching positions for certain subjects, including math, science (especially chemistry and physics), English as a second language, and special education” (Job Outlook Tab). Being able to speak a second language or having a special education certification could make a prospective teacher a more valuable commodity to a school or employer. Some other skills listed on the aforementioned website include communication and instructional skills as well as a great deal of patience. Having some of these skills could affect a new teacher’s salary.
A teacher’s salary can vary and be affected by many factors. A new teacher can expect a starting salary near $35,000. This amount is affected by region and any special skills the teacher possesses. In a report by the National Education Association published in December of 2012, the top five states with the greatest average teacher salary are, in order from the highest salary, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C, Connecticut, and California. The low end of the same list includes, in descending order of average salary, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and South Dakota. But the national average teacher salary is $53,230. As a teacher’s responsibility increases, due to involvement with extra-curricular activities and higher level positions within the school, the average salary increases.
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