If You Weren’t a Teacher?

Top 5 Jobs Teachers May Have Pursued!

The Survey Says

Do you ever daydream about what job you might have pursued if you weren’t a teacher? Perhaps when you’re running home after a long day of teaching, coaching and then knowing you still have dozens of papers to correct and lesson planning waiting for tomorrow?

Most teachers would say they made the right choice and have the perfect job for them but that didn’t stop us from asking hundreds of teachers, what position do they think they would have if they weren’t teaching?

ESGI and ThinkFives polled hundreds of teachers and here is their list.

Party/Event Planner

Party/Event Planner

Who doesn’t like a party? Imagine planning and attending one every week.

Coming in #5 on our teacher list is party planner. This might be because when you are a classroom teacher, you’re constantly decorating, organizing students into small groups and entertaining. Why wouldn’t it be attractive to do this with even larger groups of people?

Planning parties is not limited to just birthday parties and weddings. 79% of US companies rank events as an important part of their business, so party planning and event planning is a profession with many opportunities.

It certainly can be fun and rewarding but the salary might not be the most appealing as a beginner.  The median annual wage for meeting, convention, and event planners is $51,560 (2020).

Party and event planning, however, can be stressful with long hours.

Fun Fact: 66% of event planners rely on caffeine to get them through the day of the event – maybe not too much different from teaching, when you think about it.








Who doesn’t like pets? It’s obviously a rhetorical question.

One of the greatest benefits of a career in veterinary medicine is the chance to promote the health and welfare of your patients. You also have the ability to relieve the suffering of animals that have experienced traumatic injuries or chronic illnesses. Even routine spay and neuter surgeries help the animals in your community by reducing pet overpopulation.

Like teaching, no two days are alike for a veterinarian. They examine different types of animals, see a variety of injuries and conditions, and utilize many diagnostic tools to determine the best plans of action.

Veterinarians also can earn a good-paying salary, though you do have to take into consideration the educational costs of obtaining that coveted DVM degree. Veterinarians earn a median salary of $89,000 with a salary range between $50,000 and $200,000 per year. Those with additional specialty training or board certifications can earn even higher salaries.

Fun Fact: Almost 80% of practicing veterinarians are females.




Coming in #3 on our list is a position that isn’t located far from the classroom, it’s the library.

Whether that be at a school or public library, librarian is a great job with the opportunity to stay abreast of great writers, while guiding students and adults to literary works that will broaden their worldview.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 126,800 librarians in the US and they serve more customers than your local movie theater. Around 1.3 billion people visit public libraries every year, greater than the 1.24 billion movie theater admissions in 2017. These readers will probably tell you the book is better than the movie, too.

Employment of librarians is expected to grow 9% by 2026. Some 12,000 jobs are projected to open as communities look to librarians for a variety of information services and online resources.

Fun Fact: Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, author Lewis Carroll, former First Lady Laura Bush and China’s Mao Zedong all worked as librarians or in libraries.





This job choice might be a little surprising. Number two on our list is the legal profession.

Perhaps this derives from watching Perry Mason or one of the 21 seasons of Law and Order.  It may also be explained by the number of social studies and English majors who were simultaneously considering  education or law in college. While the legal profession is certainly noble, we’re certainly happy most of our colleagues chose education.

Practicing law is such a labor of love. Law school isn’t easy, passing the bar exam isn’t easy, and practicing law is hard. Perhaps not surprisingly then, lawyers leave the profession all the time. And some even go into teaching, particularly at the collegiate level.

There are currently 1.34 million lawyers in the United States. That means that there is roughly one lawyer for every 240 people in this country. With numbers like that, it’s no surprise that overnight TV ads often feature attorneys.

Lawyers in America earn vastly different salaries depending on where they live. While top attorneys are reportedly charging upwards of $1,500 per hour, that is certainly not the norm. Across the country, lawyer salaries are highly dependent on location. The highest wages for lawyers are, not surprisingly, earned in California, New York, and Washington, D.C., where attorneys average $168,693 per year.

FunFact:  Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Cleese (Monty Python), Geraldo Rivera, Ben Stein, Gerard Butler, Jerry Springer, Ozzie Nelson (Ozzie & Harriet), Jeff Cohen (Goonies), and John Saviano (The Wonder Years) all have law degrees.





The top job that teachers believe they would have pursued ,if not for education, is a position that has many of the same characteristics of teaching, nursing.

Nursing is considered the most honest and ethical profession in the United States. For 18 years in a row, according to Gallup Polls, Americans overwhelmingly rate nurses as the most honest and ethical of professionals. Nurses came out ahead of engineers, doctors, pharmacists, police officers, psychiatrists, and even clergy for the top spot.

Nurses are also very satisfied with their jobs. A recent survey reported 98 percent job satisfaction by RNs and other registered nurses, while the other nurses reported job satisfaction rates of 94 to 96 percent.

So why Nursing? Here’s a bonus Top 5 of why people choose nursing.

  1. You help people for a living
  2. The nursing profession is well-respected
  3. Nurses have solid earning potential
  4. Technology is adding new dimensions to nursing
  5. Nurses have a lot of support for educational growth

Fun Fact: Nurses walk an average of 4 to 5 miles in a 12-hour shift

So what do all of these professions have in common?  Helping other people – which is exactly what you would expect a teacher to be doing if they weren’t teaching?





  1. I was going into hotel/restaurant management before I switched my major. No clue how that would have worked out, but I’m pretty happy with this teaching gig! 🤷‍♀️

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